Clingan On QPR defeat

Last updated : 25 January 2011 By Covsupport News Service/RD

Sammy Clingan is back for Coventry City after an injury absence of over two months and during that time the Sky Blues have dropped from a top six promotion challenging place to middle table mediocrity and with the worst record of any team in the Championship during the last month.

Clingan doesn't think the results accurately reflect the performances though and believes if his team can reduce the amount of silly mistakes made in the defence and if the strikers make more of their opportunities, they would be sitting high in the table. He also believes they are capable of getting the results they need and are improving all the time.

"I think the lads did really well in the FA Cup game and we were unlucky not to come away with three points against Sheffield United, so they were two really good performances," said Clingan to the CT. "Then I thought we did quite well at QPR until we killed ourselves with the two goals we conceded, so we just have to bounce back.

"It's not like we didn't create any chances on Sunday. Freddy Eastwood got in behind the full back and I am sure he would admit he should have hit the target, but these things happen. We also should have seen the game out to half time because that makes the manager's team talk a bit different when you go in 1-1 rather than 1-0 up.

"The second goal was a case of us not communicating to pass players on and not tracking him but it has happened now and we have to look forward."

Clingan, who replaced Michael Doyle in the 66th minute at Loftus Road said, Doyler is a good player and has done well. The manager just told me to go on and do what I normally do by getting on the ball and putting some free kicks in the box if we got any."

Clingan firmly believes that the woeful 2 points from a possible 21 in the last seven games is not an accurate reflection of how they have played and insisted that City are not too far off being as good as the current the Championship leaders QPR, saying, "I don't think there's much difference between us and QPR.

"Obviously they have got their flair players but they play the game simple and get the ball to Adel Taarabt and play from there. We just have to cut out the silly mistakes and make sure we take our chances at the other end."

"Taarabt was probably the big difference on the day because he got a goal and an assist."