Plenty of positives for young Sky Blues insists Tony Mowbray after Shrewsbury stalemate - The Coventry Observer

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Plenty of positives for young Sky Blues insists Tony Mowbray after Shrewsbury stalemate

Steve Carpenter 15th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TONY Mowbray admits there is lots more to come from his young Sky Blues side after watching them being held at home to Shrewsbury Town.

It looked as though Mowbray’s side would making it a winning start at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday after dominating for large periods but they were unable to find that all important breakthrough.

Vladimir Gadzhev, Kyel Reid and Andy Rose all had wasted opportunities as they Sky Blues continue their search for a first league goal this season.

Shrewsbury themselves could have nicked all three points but former City midfielder Jim O’Brien could not mark his return with by scoring the winner after putting two shots on goal wide of the target.

The draw means Mowbray’s young side have their first point on the board for the new campaign and the manager insists his players will get better as they learn more about the type of systems he wants to play.

“I thought there were a lot of positives and I hope the supporters who came can see that,” said Mowbray.

“I hope the fans can see a team that has been coached to try and be positive and attack and play entertaining football. Ultimately as we go on, we have to find a plan B, when teams match us and try and stop us playing.

“I can’t question the player’s desire, effort and commitment for the club. It was a hot day and they went after the game. I just watched the chances from the first half and there are some really good ones not going in at the moment. But we need to keep working at it and keep believing.

“I didn’t feel they got out their half or threatened our goal at all. A simple change in formation to stop us playing gave a young team a lot of problems. I’ll help them on the training ground to overcome those problems, when teams match up against us and play man for man.”

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