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"I think we had the chances, it’s always dangerous when you only hold a single goal lead." - Coventry City's Mark Venus

29 October 2016

Mark Venus on the Sky Blues 1-1 draw against Walsall at the Banks's Stadium...

Mark Venus was left ruing the opportunities missed in the West Midlands as his side had to settle for a share of the points in Saturday's League One action. 

Andy Rose put City ahead on his return from injury, but after a succession of chances for the away side to double the lead, Walsall's talented Erhun Oztumer punished the opportunities squandered.  

Despite having to accept a share of the spoils, Venus remained positive about the performance. He said: “I think it was a good footballing game between two sides who played in a similar fashion. 

“I think we had the chances at the beginning of the second half to perhaps wrap up the game, or control it further, and it’s always dangerous when you only hold a single goal lead.

“They kept going and got back into the game. I think any team could have won it in the end with both sides having chances late in the game to take all three points.”

Andy Rose made his first start for the Sky Blues since injuring his knee against Bury back in August and the City boss was delighted to see the midfielder return to business in style. 

“It is great to have him back available, he is a really good player who has been missed in the time he has been injured," Venus said. 

“He came off in the second-half with a tight thigh, but it was nice to get him on the pitch. He has shown what he can do, he can pop up in the box and get a goal like he did today.”

He added: “We had asked the boys to work the ball into the box, remain patient and then get bodies into attacking areas and that is exactly what Andy did for his goal.” 

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