The Dugout: First Team #22Date: 02 March 2018 at 08:24 by Liam Cook
This week in The Dugout, CUTV's Liam Cook asks Coventry United Assistant manager Luke Morton about the dramatic 3-2 victory at Rocester, a potential change in form, and, of course, that darn weather.
Liam - We have to start with the 3-2 win at Rocester. A dramatic win after coming from 2-0 down. And a man down for most of the 2nd half too. What were your views on the performance?
Luke - First of all, it’s great credit to our lads for not letting their heads drop when we went behind. It was a sloppy start from us, with another individual error leading up to the strike on goal, but after that we dominated possession and created a couple of openings before giving away a soft penalty, which was once again down to our own individual errors! Our 1st goal was a lovely team goal and the 2nd was a fluke from Brad, but on the balance of play we deserved to be at least level going into half time. We totally dominated the 2nd half, and a superb strike from my man of the match, Dom, won us the game.
Liam - After falling 2-0 early on, what was the management team feeling on the bench? Were you and your fellow coaches fearful of another defeat?
Luke - Going 2-0 down is not an ideal start, but we had every confidence in the lads that we would turn it around and that's what we did. These lads are a great bunch. They will never give up and it showed on Saturday.
Liam - After an extended winless run, you’ve secured two wins in three games. Has the tide turned in United’s favour?
Luke - I wouldn't say the tide has turned, as the games were too far apart to really build up any momentum, but getting 3 points away from home once again is a very nice feeling. On our day the lads can beat anyone and our football is some of the best in the league, we just need to show the consistency now.
Liam - The planned fixture at home to Rugby Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch. You must be sick of the site of snow and ice after a terrible winter?
Luke - We can control a lot of things but unfortunately the weather is not one of them. Having games cancelled is not ideal, as were already playing twice a week from now till the end of the season, so trying to squeeze any more postponements in could prove tricky.
Liam - There shouldn’t be an issue with the Quorn game this Saturday as the pitch is artificial. And given the success of our last trip to Farley Way, are you confident of replicating that success?
Luke - I wouldn't be too confident in the game going ahead Saturday even though it's a 4G surface as you still can't play on them if there is snow and ice on them. We did have a comfortable victory up there earlier in the season, but that is going to count for nothing this time around as they have a new manager, who has great experience at non league level, and he has brought in a completely new team with players who have played at a higher level than this one. I would say Quorn are one of the inform teams at the minute and will be full of confidence, so they will be firm favourites to beat us.
Liam - Before this season United struggled on artificial surfaces. However, 3g surfaces haven’t proved to be an issue during the 2017/18 campaign. What’s changed?
Luke – We now train on the same surface so that helps, but also the type of player we have should really suit that type of pitch, and hopefully that will shine through on Saturday.