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Steve: "Mistakes Absolutely Killed Us"

2 January 2016

Steve Davis gives us his post match reaction following Sky Blues defeat.

"I saw more in the second half and we saw something but the game had changed and we have to got to show fight from the off. We have to stick together and show some real desire and determination."

He added: "We got punished for those mistakes today and that makes it very difficult. Being 4-0 down at half time and out of it, you are playing for pride and from an attacking point of view, we kept going but couldn't put one or two of those chances away. It was difficult but we showed more guts and desire in the second half. They would have eased off being in the position they were in but there were signs of some of the things we have been working on but those mistakes made it so difficult to remain in the game.

"I am not sure why they make those kinds of mistakes and that is something we always have to try and work on and improve."

"They were lively and their movement was good. We did fine until Jon made a mistake for the first goal and then one of our midfield players lost the ball for the second goal. I thought the penalty was just outside the box and then Jonah got caught on the touchline. I'm sure he won't do that again and those really basic errors have cost us badly.

"We had our chances and the difference was that they were very clinical with their finishing. We made five mistakes, individual errors and we were punished. They have top players who can finish, like Armstrong and Murphy and they showed that again here.

"There is a perception when you experience a defeat like that, when you concede a lot of goals, but I did think if you took away the goals they scored and look at the chances we created then there wasn't that much between the two sides in aspects of the play. They had terrific possession when they were ahead, as you expect, because they are a good side and have some top players for this level and higher.

After the game, Steve Davis told "I feel like I do when I lose any game of football and there is no dressing up the fact that it was a difficult afternoon for us. Saying that we didn't do ourselves any favours with the way we defended. It is difficult to take defeats like that but you have also have to give credit to Coventry because they are a good side.

Coventry's attacking force was always a considerable handful and clinical when presented with those chances - but they didn't need any helping hands as Crewe kicked off 2016 with a heavy 5-0 home defeat.

Steve Davis says there 'was no dressing up' the fact that our poor individual mistakes were severely punished by a clinical Coventry City side this afternoon. The on-loan Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong hit a first half hat-trick and his attacking team-mate Jacob Murphy also helped himself to a brace, as Crewe shot themselves in the foot with some defensive mistakes.

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