Aidy Boothroyd claimed he had not been involved in a more one-sided game of football in his career after watching his Coventry side fail to convert their chances into points against Preston.
Aron Gunnarsson gave Coventry hope of securing at least a point after 61 minutes but the Sky Blues could not find a way past inspired Preston hoalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who was also able to call upon the woodwork and his defenders to clear off the line.
After the 2-1 defeat, Boothroyd said: "Andy Lonergan was superb today, the man of the match. We hit the post, the bar, had them cleared off the line.
"We've dominated the whole game but you have to get the fundamentals right and we didn't. I've been involved in a lot of games and I cannot remember a more one-sided game, so you come in and shake your head, but that's how it is. That is football.
"When you think you are doing well it kicks you in the teeth and you have to start again. We are just bemused how we haven't won with over 20 shots.
"They hung on and credit to them, but over the course of a 46-game season if we perform like that we will win a lot more than we lose. I know for a fact we will play a lot worse than that and win."