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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on his side's draw with Stevenage in SkyBet League Two

Tom Pett's late goal cancels out Marc McNulty's first half opener...

21 November 2017

Mark Robins’ side have climbed to sixth in SkyBet League Two despite being held to a draw by Stevenage at the LAMEX Stadium.

The Sky Blues did take the lead midway through the first half when Marc McNulty bundled the ball home but Tom Pett was able to draw Stevenage level with just fifteen minutes to go.

“It was disappointing in the end to come away with just a point after that,” said Robins.

 “The goal we conceded was very avoidable. Having said that it was the other opportunities that we had to kill that game off that we did not take that have disappointed me more.

“The injuries left us with a lot of young players on the pitch and it just so happened that we have ended up a little bit out of shape when the time came.

“We just became a little tired. It is a quick turnaround and a tough game tonight, but we have to prepare right and recover to make sure we win at home on Saturday.

“These are a tough side. They have not been beaten all season on a Tuesday night.

“We knew it would be a tough challenge and four points from these two games is not a bad tally as long as we back it up again on Saturday.”

Both Liam Kelly and Jodi Jones were both substituted through injury, with Jones’ looking the worse of the two when the 20-year-old was stretchered off after a lengthy stoppage for treatment.

“Liam Kelly has been playing with a sore foot and he has unfortunately had to sit the rest of this game out.

“Jodi Jones has gone to hospital to have X-rays. He has done something, but we do not know what. The scans are to rule out any possible break but we really do not know the extent of the injury.

“It is just a shame because we created some really good openings and we were just looking for that clinical bit of play.

“McNulty’s turn and cross field ball to Jordan Shipley was outstanding. He volleyed it and normally you would see that nestle in the net but not tonight.

“Shipley was outstanding on Saturday. Not as pivotal tonight but there were still plenty of good things that he did.”

He added: “The away support we had again was amazing for a Tuesday night, yet again.”




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