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“It would have been nice to have won, but it is definitely a point gained.” - Coventry City’s Jack Stephens

19 March 2016

Stalemate at the Ricoh Arena meant the points were shared between City and Swindon Town, as the Sky Blues take four points from their past two games...

Centre-back Jack Stephens considers the draw against in-form Swindon Town as a point gained in Coventry City’s bid for a top six finish.

The game ended goalless at the Ricoh Arena as both teams were limited to half chances, but City’s back four claimed their second clean sheet in as many games.

After a bright couple of performances, the 22-year old defender will spend next week on international duty with England’s U21s side and will miss the away trip to Peterborough on Friday. 

Jack commented: “Two good teams out there, both teams tried to win the game. I don’t think there was too many clear cut chances in the game, but we’ll take the point and move on to the next one. 

"Since I arrived, we have had a couple of defensive changes through injury. It’s just important to concentrate for 90 in that position and make sure we limit them to few chances, which I think we did well today. 

“That is two clean sheets in a row, very happy with that and it’s something we can build from.”

City have struggled to maintain any consistency in the back line since Stephens joined in January, as Mowbray’s side have been plagued by a plethora of defensive injuries. 

Captain Sam Ricketts has been the one mainstay of the back four since Stephens arrival and the young centre-back was particularly complimentary of the influence of the senior professionals among the squad.

“It’s a good group of lads here - young lads and experienced players, it is a good mix. We knew we would come out of that bad patch,” Jack added. 

“Since I have been here, the senior players have been a massive help for me. It is good to have the experienced lads around, they give good advice and help the squad through the tougher games.”

Stephens was particularly pleased to deny League One’s top scorer, Nicky Ajose and limit Jonathan Obika to long range efforts throughout the 90-minutes. 

City’s Darius Henderson perhaps had the best chance of the game in the closing moments, as he saw his half-volley saved from point black by Tyrell Belford in the Swindon goal.

Talking about the Henderson chance, Stephens added: “It would have been nice if that one went in. But like I said, it is a good point."

“We’ve come out the other side of our rocky patch and a win at Blackpool and a point here will serve us well going in to the Peterborough game. We are in a good position to push on now, we are still looking at play-offs.

“It would have been nice to have won, but it is definitely a point gained. There is still a lot of points to play for, teams around us are playing each other and there is still a lot to be gained.”

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