City up against it, but won't quit

Coventry City manager Andy Thorn, who is still simmering after watching his side capitulate at Millwall On Tuesday, has admitted his side are in trouble, but he firmly believes he and the players have what it takes to survive in the Championship.

Speaking to the CT, Thorn said: “I get frustrated like everyone else does, especially when you look at the second half compared to the first the other night when we didn’t play to our full potential. That upsets me because to do well everyone has to be on top of their game.

 "Millwall got their result off the fact that we didn’t do what we know we can do and I won’t accept that and I don’t expect the players to accept it either. The frustration is knowing that we can do it, so we need to maintain a level of consistency right through every game.

“I played with consistent players in my time and players who weren’t but we can’t afford to be inconsistent and this is a real test of our character now.

“We all want to do well for the club and do well for each other and the supporters but because of how we are at the moment there is no margin for error.

“We need to be over achieving and ensure that we maintain high standards in every game, and if we keep demanding from each other then we have got half a chance, but if we let our standards slip then we’re in trouble.”

Earlier in the season Thorn and the board told the fans that they would be looking at trying to secure two or three quality loan signings from Premier League clubs, but so far nothing has materialised, so Thorn has had to manage with his small and relatively inexperienced squad.

Thorn recognises the situation is far from ideal and said: “I’m not stupid, I know we need help from a few new players. That is not a criticism of the club but until that is forthcoming we have got to do the best we can because that’s just where we are at the moment.

“In an ideal world we’d have five or six more players but that’s not going to happen so we need to make sure that the lads are giving us everything, which they are, and that they stay right on top of their game.

“There is nothing wrong with our system, we just need a few goals right now and I am sure they will come.”

“The easiest thing in the world would be to bail out but I’m not going to do that and I’m sure my players won’t be waving the white flag either. We’ll roll our sleeves up and look forward to a good game against the league leaders on Saturday.”