Missed Chances Cost City Dear

Last updated : 17 January 2011 By Covsupport News Service/RD

Coventry City manager Aidy Boothroyd was left wondering how his side failed to beat a toothless Sheffield United side on Saturday after a one sided display, especially in the first half, which saw the home side have match stats of 21 shots on goal and 17 corners compared to United's six shots and four corners.

The draw means Coventry have now gone seven games without a win and they have slipped from fourth to eleventh place in the Championship.

There can be little doubt that Coventry played well and created many chances, but without reward and which makes a refreshing change from playing badly, although when City have played badly in the past they have sometimes come away with at least a point.

Coventry's failure to score was partly down to poor finishing, but also down to the Blades goalkeeper Simonsen, who was easily their man of the match and pulled off a string of excellent saves to deny Coventry.

Gary McSheffrey twice hit the bar with free kicks and if City need telling it was not going to be their day, they were denied a goal when the ball came back of the woodwork and bounced off Simonsen's head or shoulder to go out for another corner.

The Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd said to the CT: "I think today we have provided fantastic entertainment and created numerous chances, enough chances to win five games and we played very well but we didn't take the chances.

"I think we mixed our game up well. We created loads of chances and their goalkeeper was their best player. We also hit the bar two or three times. I lost count in the end. We asked a lot of questions of them and they had to defend for their lives because they didn't have much of the game."

Boothroyd was unruffled, if frustrated, now that his side have failed to win a game in the last seven attempts. He said, "If you let winning and losing be the overtaking emotion it can trip you up and in the last two or three weeks I think we have turned the corner in many ways."

"I'm getting all our players back from injury. Obviously I'm disappointed with the result but I'm really pleased with how things are going. The first thing you look at is each other's results and the league table but I think my job is bigger than that."

"I think my job is about getting consistency, about getting the best out of people and making sure over the longer term that the club in general improves and get better."

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