Tony Mowbray says Coventry City must learn from draw at Swindon

Tony Mowbray
Mowbray is in his first full season with the Sky Blues after taking over in March 2015

Promotion-chasing Coventry City must use the disappointment of throwing away a two-goal lead at Swindon Town as a lesson in how to close out games more effectively, says boss Tony Mowbray.

The Sky Blues led 2-0 with five minutes to go before the Robins pegged them back to grab a point.

"Two-nil with less than 10 minutes to go, it should be done," Mowbray said.

"We'll have to use it as a lesson in seeing games out - it was hugely disappointing for us."

Goals from Romain Vincelot and Marcus Tudgay - who struck nine minutes from time - had seemingly put Coventry on course for their third win in five League One games.

Two points lost...but a record gained
Although a third straight draw checked Coventry's promotion momentum, goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook set a new club record for the most minutes played without conceding a goal.
When he was beaten by Ben Gladwin's strike, it was Charles-Cook's first in 578 minutes, eclipsing Steve Ogrizovic's post-war mark of 572.

But two quick goals - the second a last-minute penalty - denied Mowbray's side a victory that would have taken them within two points of the automatic promotion places.

"I thought we'd done enough - maybe we sat a bit deep, but that's no excuse," Mowbray added to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

"You're going to draw certain games throughout the season and you have to accept that.

"We've got two home games coming up now and we have to try and take maximum points."

On-loan Aston Villa midfielder Joe Cole was taken off at half-time at the County Ground and Mowbray says the club are realistic about what to expect from the 33-year-old former England international.

"He's not played football for a long time and the plan was to give him 45 minutes off the back of a game three-and-a-half days ago," Mowbray said.

"We have to be careful with him, playing game after game in this league is difficult, and Joe's understanding of that."