PP Pre Cov

November 22, 2019

Here’s Phil Parkinson’s pre Coventry press conference in full...

 

Focus is back on the league

"Our focus is on the league. We have 31 cup finals now and every bit of energy will be going into the league. It seems a long time since we had a league match. It’s been disjointed. It's good we have got some of the boys back from injury, a few of the boys back from the international break and we’re looking forward to getting our league campaign going again at the weekend."

 

On the Gillingham defeat

"The crux of the Gillingham game was that we should have had it done and dusted in the first game. We had chances to extend our lead, we have conceded a very, very soft goal which changed the whole mindset of both teams. The game should have been done and we only have ourselves to blame for that. Going down to Gillingham for the replay was going to be tough with the players we had out missing, but of course, whatever team we put out, we have to threaten the goal more than we did."

 

On learning more about his players

"I think the cup games has given us the opportunity to see everybody. From day one, my remit is to assess everything going into January so I clearly know what we need to give us the best possible chance of getting into the top two."

 

On the gap the top two are opening up

"Yeah, but there are still 31 games to play. Inevitably when you don't play and teams like Wycombe do then they are going to pick up points. We can't do anything about that. We have got to concentrate on ourselves, get to the two point per game ratio and that starts this weekend."

 

On the difficulties of implementing his own style

"Of course there are things and elements to the team we want to adjust but we have got to do it step by step. There are a lot of good qualities, a lot of good performances early in the season and we want to add to that if we can."

 

On Charlie Wyke's fitness

"Charlie is still not available which is a blow. He tried to push himself earlier in the week but his ankle is just not ready and sometimes nature's natural healing process needs to take place. He is chomping at the bit to get out there but unfortunately his ankle is just not quite there. It has been a blow losing him but we are looking forward to him being back. It is not quite healing as quickly as we would like. We had a scan on it this week to make sure there was no hairline fracture because we were concerned about that. That came back clear but the medical team just feel he needs a little bit more time for it to heal. Earlier in the week he was sprinting, running, finishing so that is how close he got, he just felt like it got a little bit uncomfortable. The doctor just feels he needs a bit longer. There is always an element of risk that if we put him in before he is ready we could lose him for a longer time. There is so much of this season left that I want to make sure that when Charlie Wyke and Lynden Gooch are back, they are back to play an important part for us."

 

Further injuries

"Jordan Willis and Lynchy [Joel Lynch] are back available. They both had injections. Lynchy had a nerve problem in his back, Jordan had the same in his knee. [Marc] McNulty is still struggling and George Dobson is back."

 

On Coventry

"We have got some ex-Coventry boys. I was down there last weekend to watch them against Rochdale. To be there and have a good look at them gave us a good insight of what they are all about. I played them this season with a very young Bolton Wanderers side so we know their qualities, we know what they are about and it is up to us to exploit their weaknesses. We know how they are going to play in terms of the shape of the team. It is about negating their strengths and exploiting their weaknesses.

 

On goals drying up

"The Gillingham game, in particular, we didn't threaten. We know that and we need to pick a team where the balance is right where we have that defensive feel about us when we are not in possession but also have that belief about us when we have the ball to create chances. I feel in my first couple of home games we did that and we need to carry on with that theme."

 

Importance of two home games

"The aim is to get into the month of January either in or very close to the top two to give ourselves a platform for the second half of the season to really push on. That starts this Saturday."

 

On the importance of the performance tomorrow

"Performance level is key this weekend. We have got to make sure that there is no negativity or lack of confidence in the boys. We have got to brush the cup defeats aside. The last two home games we have scored six goals, won twice and kept two clean sheets and we have got to pick up from there. We need to dismiss the cup games in terms of any negativity that might cause."

 

 

 

 

 

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