Carsley: We’ll get on with it

St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas felt his side were unlucky not

to get anything from their trip to Ross County.

Ivan Sproule scored the only goal of the game in the 11th minute

and Ross County went on to stretch their unbeaten run to seven

games but Saints piled on the pressure after the break and were

only kept at bay by some fine goalkeeping from Mark Brown.

Lomas said: “On every statistic in the game we were miles ahead,

possession, corners, shots, territory.

“But it is difficult when you concede the first goal. They are

hard to break down, they camp in and get five behind the ball in


“However, I can’t fault my players’ effort and their willingness

to try and play football the right way on a poor pitch.

“I thought we knocked it about really well but we didn’t create

as many chances as our possession should have brought.

“Their goalkeeper got the official man of the match award and

that tells you something.

“All credit to Ivan Sproule for the goal but we were

disappointed with it because we knew the first goal would be


“It just lets them camp in and the onus is on you to try and

break them down.”

Robins left to take the Huddersfield hot seat on Thursday but

Coventry shrugged off that loss to win 2-0 at Gigg Lane.

Goals from Leon Clarke and Carl Baker vindicated Carsley’s

confidence and pulled his side within five points of the play-off


“There wasn’t an after-effect,” Carsley said.

“We’ve got some good players here and they’re playing to their

potential. Players are pretty selfish in the respect that they just

get on with it and they did that.

“They did themselves justice. They’ve been accused in the past

of not living up to expectations but that was one thing they

couldn’t be accused of here.

“We only did two training sessions before the game so the result

had nothing to do with me, it was the players.

“It has felt a bit weird the last couple of days and it wasn’t

something I’ve been expecting but I enjoyed it.”

Clarke got Coventry off to a flyer, scoring within three

minutes, and Carsley believes it was crucial.

He said: “It was a great start and I thought Leon did really

well. He makes such a difference when he runs around and looks

enthusiastic. He causes defenders problems. He’s got a really good

goalscoring record and needs to keep that up. There were six or

seven players you could point out, though.”