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REACTION: Flitcroft Frustrated After Sky Blues Defeat

Gaffer Gives His Verdict On Home Loss

27 September 2017

Swindon Town Boss Dave Flitcroft sat down with the local press in the wake of his side's 2-1 defeat to Coventry City on Tuesday evening.

Here are the key points from what he had to say...

ON JAMES DUNNE'S SENDING-OFF:

"I've been able to see that one again because that one is the game-changer.

"He's on the floor with (Michael) Doyle who has his legs wrapped around Dunny and he's kicked out at him and had a little nibble and a little bite at his leg.

"Dunny has pushed him off and pushed him away from the incident and he's been sent-off for that.

"The referee is two-yards away but didn't see it and the linesman was 40-yards away and suddenly saw the incident.

"I keep saying to this group of players that you try to win a game of football from a game-plan and you can't win it from ten men. 

"You've got to make sure that you are fully disciplined even when you are antagonised and Dunny has retaliated and has paid the price.

"You are then a man down against a good Coventry team and they've taken advantage of that."

ON PENALTY CLAIMS:

"We didn't get two the other day (against Forest Green Rovers) and it is just the inconsistency of it. 

"I've already spoken about the standards of it and Steve Ogrizovic (Coventry's Goalkeeping Coach) said during the game that it was a really poor performance from the whole team, not just the referee. 

"We've got to respect the point though. We had a point at that stage and we've got to make sure we at least respect the point and come off with a point but we didn't and we've got a defeat.

"We've got to look at us, we've got to look at what we can do differently and we've tried to rectify things on the training ground and we'll continue to do so.

"We need to make sure we are in control of what we do. 

"We'll deal with it on Wednesday and then we'll reset for the game on the weekend." 

ON THE PERFORMANCE:

"We watched Coventry on Saturday, they beat Exeter well and I thought their two strikers started well and we started poorly for the first ten, fifteen minutes.

"We couldn't get into a rhythm but as soon as we started to use Nozza (Luke Norris) more, I thought he was fantastic and when we used him and he brought Keshi (Anderson) into it then I thought we looked quite dangerous. 

"It allowed us to get the ball out wide to Kellan Gordon who I thought hurt them while he was on the pitch.

"We didn't hit him with enough quality in the first-half but every time we did I thought we looked quite threatening.

"Our composure just let us down in the first-half but the lads have left it all out there in the second-half and they've thrown everything at it.

"We changed to a 4-4-2, tried to get Harry Smith up there and we created quite a few chances and I would have taken a point with ten men.

"I just felt that their two strikers got the better of us in the first-half. 

"It was a good goal by the kid (Duckens Nazon), we had a chance to clear it and get a tackle in which we didn't and the ball dropped to him again. It was a great finish really. 

"I told the players after the game that they had left it all out there but we can't start the game in that manner and expect to impose ourselves on a game of football.

"The lads have given the effort and they have played with an honesty."


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