The Dugout #10Date: 09 November 2017 at 11:42 by Liam Cook
It's the 10th edition of The Dugout, our weekly chat with the Coventry United management staff. This week, Liam Cook, from Coventry United TV, and Luke Morton, Assistant Manager of the Coventry United first team, discuss the recent to defeat to Khalsa, the upcoming FA Vase fixture and promotion hopes. If you have a question for the Coventry United coaching staff, please contact Liam or send a tweet to @CovUnitedTV.
Liam - Let's start with the Sporting Khalsa game last weekend. A very even game, but ultimately one for the loss column. Was it one of those games that on another day could have gone another way?
Luke - The Khalsa game was fairly even in my opinion, but it's about taking your chances in games. Fair play to Khalsa, as they were clinical with their chances, and we weren't. I thought we played some good football, kept the ball well, moved the ball quickly and on another day we could of scored a few, but ultimately we were guilty of missed chances and mistakes at the back. The refusal of 2 or 3 stone wall penalties didn't help either.
Liam - The management decided to tweak the formation and adopt a more attacking approach in the closing stages. This resulted in Khalsa scoring twice more. Do the management stand by the decision to go for broke?
Luke - There is no difference between losing 1-0 or 3-0. You still get 0 points. We felt at the time it was the right decision to go for broke, but obviously it didn't work and as a management team we will take full responsibility for that.
Liam - When Kyle Brady received the ball before scoring the opening goal, the whole defence stopped to protest for offside. Did you feel the Khalsa man was offside, and how did the dugout react to the backline simply stopping, waiting for the whistle to blow?
Luke - Whether the player was offside or not, the defenders shouldn't stop! As a schoolboy you are told to play to the whistle and that should still apply today. We need to cut out these silly mistakes as they are happening far too often at the minute.
Liam - The FA Vase has created some magic moments so far with late winners against Stone and Lutterworth in previous rounds. Will we need such drama at Quorn this weekend? What sort of challenge will they present?
Luke - We have certainly made this cup run an interesting one to say the least. Quorn are a good side and have some excellent players, so it's going to be another tricky encounter. However, we are well up for it and with a few Red and Green fans making their way up to Quorn with us, we intend to send them home happy.
Liam - Talking of late drama, who could forget last year's chaotic ending at Heanor Town. It's back to the Town Ground midweek, what can you do to prevent a repeat of last year?
Luke - We've not really focused on the Heanor game yet, but we know they are an excellent side and going there is always going to be tricky. We let ourselves down there last season with sloppy defending late on, but we will aim to put things right on Tuesday night.
Liam - The title race is still wide open. If United can take advantage of games in hand, the gap to Coleshill could be reduced to just 5 points. What do you say to fans who already feel promotion is out of reach?
Luke - The title is still there for anyone to take as its early days. It's easy to right us off, as we not been consistent enough. But we are working hard to put that right, and believe me, we haven't given up on promotion. We will keep fighting until it's mathematically impossible for us to gain promotion. There are some excellent sides in this league, with the likes of Bromsgrove and Coleshill leading the way, but other teams are hot on there tails, including our neighbours Sphinx, who have crept up the league and from what i hear, were rather excited to go above us in the standings.
Liam - And finally, with the temperatures dropping, the weather becoming more unpredictable and the days getting shorter, what sort of impact does this have on football activities for the players and the coaches?
Luke - The weather and shorter days have no impact on us at all. We have a great training centre, which is fully floodlit, so no excuse from us in terms of conditions.