FOOTBALL: MARVIN Sordell was disappointed not to have scored his first FA Cup hat-trick but insists the priority was making sure the Sky Blues booked their place in round two of the historic competition.
The 25-year-old has a habit of scoring in the FA Cup having found the net ten times in 12 appearances and on Tuesday night he found his goalscoring touch again with a brace as the Sky Blues beat Morecambe 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena.
It looked as though there might be a shock on the cards as Mark Venus’ side went behind early on after Dean Winnard gave the visitors a tenth minute lead.
But goals in either half of the match by Sordell put the Sky Blues through and the City striker had chances to score a second professional hat-trick but could only increase his tally to six for the season in all competitions.
“We got through which was the important thing but we’re disappointed with our performance really,” said Sordell.
“Coming off the back of Saturday, where our performance levels were high, we’re disappointed with that standard.
“We didn’t start well, we were slow and on top of that they scored a goal so we’re on the back foot.
“Again, I’m slightly disappointed as I thought I could have had a hat-trick. You don’t get many opportunities to score a hat-trick in the FA Cup, but I’m pleased with the two.”
It is the first time the Sky Blues have got past the first round stage of the FA Cup in three years and Sordell his hopeful the team can build up a winning mentality in the league again as attentions turns to Oxford on Saturday.
He added: “We still want to be climbing the league table, the first ten games set us back. We need to start winning games and be where we should be.
“The last few years of my career I haven’t played much football, so I’m just happy to be on the pitch. I want to be playing football and enjoying it.
“The main job of a no.9 position is to score goals, but I just want to be contributing to the team. Scoring goals, creating goals, or whatever is needed.”
Sky Blues first team coach, Nicky Eaden, added: “Marvin Sordell has got a good strike on him and that helped us out. One thing he could add to his game is more goals, but if you look at Tuesday he worked incredibly hard and lead the line well.”