IT WAS two points drops for the Sky Blues against Barnsley according to boss Steven Pressley as his side were held to a 2-2 draw at Sixfields on Tuesday night.
Despite twice taking the lead through Josh McQuoid and Jordan Clarke, the Sky Blues were pegged back by the visitors thanks to goals from Conor Hourihane and Leroy Lita.
Pressley felt their second goal should not have been allowed after Lita scored in the fourth of three initial minutes added on in first half injury-time.
But he once again praised the character of his side who sit 14th in League with four points after three games.
“I thought the players’ committment to the game was terrific as was their energy at times but it was disappointing not to win the game because I thought we merited the victory.” said Pressley.
“It’s two points dropped really and if we are serious about achieving this season then these are the game we need to win.
“Their second equaliser was certainly beyond the recommended added time but we still have to be able to defend the corner.
“We’ve been undone by a special free kick and a corner which have ended up being the difference between three points and one point.
“That’s disappointing because I thought on the whole we defended very well but set plays are vital in the modern game and it’s an area we struggled in last season and I want to see improvement this season.”
Summer signing McQuoid handed the ‘home’ side an early lead in the fourth minute when he slotted home his first goal for the club after being put clean through on goal.
Barnsley hit back on the half-hour mark through Hourihane’s free kick before Clarke volleyed Pressley’s side back in front with a rare goal.
But Lita levelled proceedings with a close range header before the break and despite both sides having good chances to claim the win the spoils were shared.
And Pressley is pleased to see goals coming from different areas of the team instead of relying on just the strikers like last term.
He added: “I spoke prior to the season about contributions from all areas of the field because I felt last season we were too dependent on certain players so it’s been pleasing where our goals have come from in recent weeks.
“I’m pleased for Josh and Jordan. Josh has really applied himself and bought into our work ethic but like any striiker he wants to score goals so I’m pleased he’s gotten off the mark.
“Jim O’Brien got one on Saturday, Reda Johnson got two on the opening day and now Jordan Clarke has one and that’s the type of contribution I want.”