'Good point, but could have been three'

Sat 26 Jan 2013
Author: Joe Hewison

Robins was impressed by a dominant second half performance from the Sky Blues

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Mark Robins believes it was a good away point to get at Deepdale...

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins felt his side could have taken three points from Deepdale rather than one, had they made the most of their first half chances.

City dominated the first half but fell behind to Graham Cummins’s tap in on 30 minutes. Leon Clarke leveled eight minutes later and the Sky Blues led on 53 minutes when Carl Baker’s cross was turned into the net by Lilywhites’ defender Chris Robertson.

But’s Nicky Wroe equalised soon after and both sides had to settle for a point.

“I thought we played pretty well,” said Robins. “More than pretty well, in fairness, we have created a lot of chances.

“We kept the ball really well, we passed it until we scored the second goal.

“We dealt with the ball coming over the top at us pretty well, apart from the two goals.

“Normally with that performance we will take the three points but this is a difficult place to come.”

Preston keeper Thorsten Stuckmann was forced into a series of impressive saves in the first half but he could do nothing about Clarke’s well-taken finish.

Baker then turned a couple of defenders inside out before providing the cross that, fortunately for City, ended up in the Preston goal.

And that was a slice of luck that Robins felt was coming.

He added: “They went ahead in the game with their first real, meaningful attack. That was a bit of a blow. 

“But we got back into the game with a well-worked goal through Leon Clarke and some decent movement and then got ourselves in front in the second half with that own goal.

“I thought we deserved that. We could have been out of sight in the first half with the amount of chances we created. We had about 30 crosses in the game, 20 shots in the game and we have only scored the two goals. That’s a disappointment.

“Having said that, I will take a point and move on to next week.”

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