Sky Blues’ manager Steven Pressley felt that his side didn’t deserve to be knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on penalties last last but he also felt Leyton Orient should have finished the match with 10 men.
In the 19th minute, City striker Callum Wilson turned Scott Cuthbert and was about to shoot from the edge of the penalty box before the Orient centre back pulled him down.
Many thought the referee Tim Robinson would send the defender for an early bath, however Cuthbert escaped with a caution and his name in the book.
Pressley said, “The rule is clear. Callum spun the boy and was just about to pull the trigger when he was pulled back.
“It was a clear scoring opportunity so why wasn’t it a red card?
“It’s bitterly disappointing to go out of a competition like that after we had played so well to keep a clean sheet against a top side but we have got to concentrate on our performance in the 90 minutes rather than the penalties.
“I know Joe Murphy had to make a couple of excellent saves but I thought we controlled most of the game; Callum and Leon Clarke always looked dangerous in the second half but we could never quite manage to find the pass that would have given them a clean shot.”
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is the second cup competition Orient have now eliminated Coventry from the season, after a 3-2 victory at The Matchroom Stadium in August in the League Cup First Round.