Guilty defender to be fined
THE defender who allowed Coventry to stage their fight-back at Portman Road will be hit in the pocket in new rules designed to hurt sloppy play.With the Blues leading Coventry City 2-0 at Portman Road last night, with goals from Darren Currie and Jimmy Juan, Gary McSheffrey was left unmarked as he swept home a corner seconds before half time.
By Derek Davis
THE defender who allowed Coventry to stage their fight-back at Portman Road will be hit in the pocket in new rules designed to hurt sloppy play.
With the Blues leading Coventry City 2-0 at Portman Road last night, with goals from Darren Currie and Jimmy Juan, Gary McSheffrey was left unmarked as he swept home a corner seconds before half time.
Lilian Nails equalised for the Sky Blues after the break as Town threw away a two-goal lead at Portman Road.
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While boss Joe Royle was happier than after Sunday's embarrassing defeat at Reading, he will not allow players to get away with not doing their jobs properly.
He said: “The individual who should have been marking his man will be fined, which is our new rule.”
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But Royle insists Town should have had a third goal after Richard Duffy cleared a Nicky Forster shot from inside the goal.
Royle said: “The fella who has headed it clear has almost got his back against the net, so it is hard to believe it wasn't given.
“It was a game that we should have won but could have lost at the end.
“If I was disappointed on Sunday, then I was quite proud of them tonight. We got pulled around with injuries and we had a couple of debutants so, overall, I thought they were smashing, they stood up to be counted.”
Blues' man-of-the-match Darren Currie was happy to notch his second home goal in as many games but felt he might have found a late winner after his shot was blocked following a brilliant run into the box.
He added: “I was really disappointed the shot didn't go in. I probably hit it too well, I would have been better scuffing it.”
Owen Garvan will have scans this morning on his leg injury, while Kevin Horlock has a rib injury to go with his swollen knee and both are doubtful for Saturday's home game with Watford.