Not A Good Birthday For Gael - Thorn

Last updated : 22 October 2011 By Covsupport News Service

Coventry City manager Andy Thorn has said that it was not the best of birthday's for Gael Bigirimana.

Speaking to the Press Association after the 2-1 defeat to Burnley which saw the midfielder celebrating his 18th birthday red-carded for a two footed tackle, Thorn said: "It was a two-footed tackle and so it had to be a sending-off. Gael is not that way inclined - there is no malice in him. He also let his man run off him for their first goal so it has not been a good birthday for him.

"As soon as he made the tackle, I thought he was going to be sent off. It was difficult with the 10 men because they used the extra player well and it's difficult standing there when there is not much you can do.

"Both goals were sloppy and we let ourselves down from that point of view. I am not hanging anybody out to dry but when we heap praise on the lads, they have to take the criticism too.

"I thought we were so dominant that I could only see one result then, when we went in front, we backed off and that's not what we are about."