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"At half time we sorted ourselves out. It just wouldn't drop for us today." Coventry City midfielder Jim O'Brien

29 November 2014

City captain frustrated not to take all three points against Walsall but feels 'privileged' at being the Sky Blues skipper…

Coventry City midfielder Jim O'Brien expressed his frustration at not being able to secure all three points as City drew 0-0 with Walsall, but called for the squad to take positives from their performance.

The Scottish number eleven had the best chance of the match when his goal bound header was saved by Richard O'Donnell in the first half, but felt that consecutive clean sheets was something the team can build on.

"In the second half it was much better," he said. "We sorted ourselves out at half time, Ryan (Allsop) didn't have much to do in the second half.

"We put some good balls in, our strikers were getting on the end of a lot of stuff. But it did not drop for us today.

"It is frustrating, but we can still take positives from the game. We got another clean sheet which is great, and we can build a foundation on that."

O'Brien was pragmatic about the potential penalty City were not awarded in the first half when Gary Madine was thrown to the floor by a Saddlers defender. The skipper also talked through his goalscoring chance, conceding that he thought the ball was going in.

He continued: "There's always a lot of pushing and pulling when the ball comes into the box and sometimes you get the decision, sometimes you don't.

"It wasn't given, but to be honest I thought the one Gary had two weeks ago against Notts County was much more of a stonewall penalty.

"I was gutted about my header in the first half. I thought it was going in, but the keeper has got across and somehow kept it out. Gary and Frank had a few chances too.

"I thought they played great today. They held the ball up well, and it's tough for them holding it up and waiting for the midfield to catch up as we get forward, but they played well."

O'Brien currently finds himself as Sky Blue captain, but the Scot is delighted to be given the opportunity, adding that he was 'humbled'.

He concluded: "It's great to be captain. I'm humbled, as it's an honour and a privilege.

"Not much has changed on a day-to-day basis, people come to you for answers more, but that's it. I'm happy to be given the role and I hope to do a good job from it."

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