James Bailey - Shrewsbury defeat hit us hard

By Steve Carpenter Wednesday 02 January 2013 Updated: 07/01 16:48

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MIDFIELDER James Bailey admits the defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town on New Year's Day was a wake up call.

It was the end of the Sky Blues' eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Marvin Morgan scored the only goal of the game as Shrewsbury recorded the double over Mark Robins' side this season.

The result leaves them five points off the play-offs heading into the second part of the season and Bailey, who re-signed on loan from Derby until the end of the season this week, is confident the squad has enough quality to make a return to the Championship.

"It's unfortunate this has happened but it's a wake up call and we've only got ourselves to blame," Bailey told the Observer.

"The lads were devastated in the changing room after the game.

"It was a good chance to let every other club know that we're here to mean business and get ourselves up the league but we just let ourselves down.

"But there's no point dwelling on it now because we've got a big game on Saturday against Spurs which will be a big day out for the fans and the players as well so we're all looking forward to that now."

Bailey was disappointed not to have started the game having missed the trip to MK Dons because his initial loan spell at the club had expired.

But the young midfielder is happy to be back at a club which can offer him first team football.

"I wanted to come back because I knew I wouldn't have played at Derby.

"I'm not the sort of person that is happy to just sit on the bench. That isn't me.

"You always want to start games as a player but the lads picked up a great result at MK Dons. I don't think as a player you can ever just expect to play because if you do you might let your standards drop.

"So although I was disappointed not to start as you would do, the gaffer decided to stick with the same midfield at MK Dons and I respect that.

"I'm getting on a bit now, I'm 24 so I wanted to come here on loan, do as best as I can and hopefully help get Coventry back up into the Championship."

Striker David McGoldrick could have made his last appearance for the club after his three-month loan spell at the Ricoh Arena came to an end on New Year's Day.

The 24-year-old returns to Nottingham Forest this week having scored 18 goals in just 24 appearances for the Sky Blues.

And Bailey revealed McGoldrick will be a big miss both on and off the pitch should he decide not to return.

"He will be missed. He has had a huge influence since I've been here at the club.

"The fans love him to bits and he's popped up in almost every game for us and scored throughout his loan spell.

"The fans will miss him and the lads will miss him too because he's a good character to have around the place.

"He loves the banter and all those kind of things, so it would be a shame to see him leave but we'll see what happens."

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