FA Cup: Joe Murphy hails Coventry's battling performance at Arsenal

Lukas Podolski: Notched a brace before Coventry rallied in the second period

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Coventry keeper Joe Murphy believes his side can be "really proud" of their display in the 4-0 defeat at Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Lukas Podolski handed the Gunners a deserved two-goal lead in the first half before Coventry rallied in the second period.

Leon Clarke saw a shot from a tight angle saved and then hit the post before Arsenal sealed the win via late goals from substitutes Olivier Giroud and Santi Carzorla.

Murphy told the club's official website: "We can be really proud of our second half showing tonight. The lads came out and went at them.

"We made it competitive and it was a shame to see concede two goals in the first half as it could have been a different game.

"It was a shame to see concede two goals in the first half as it could have been a different game."

Joe Murphy

"Hopefully, we can learn from the experience and now that we are out of the Cup, we can concentrate on the league."

Impact

Coventry were cheered on by more than 5,000 fans at the Emirates, with Murphy adding: "It definitely had an impact on the second half as every time we looked to come forward, they got behind us.

"It was a shame we couldn't get that goal for them but we have to move on from that. They are a very tough team to play against of course.

"They are very strong on the ball and the fitness levels these players show is incredible. To compete against them for much of the second period was great to see."

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