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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on City's defeat to Exeter

Ryan Harley's first half strike was enough to give the Grecians all three points...

13 January 2018

Mark Robins says that poor decision making has cost his side vital points in SkyBet League Two after defeat to Exeter City saw the Sky Blues fall to eighth.

Ryan Harley’s seventh minute strike fired the home side ahead after a defensive mistake gifted the Grecians the opportunity.

“Today was totally unlike us,” said Robins.

“I think that we were unnerved a little by the presence of Jayden Stockley up front and we did not deal with him very well at all.

“We gave them a goal and a really poor one at that. As soon as we did that we were on the back foot. On a pitch like that it becomes very difficult and they made it harder for us.

“They played very much unlike an Exeter team because of the way that the pitch has cut up, but that is up to them and we have to deal with that.

“Then we gifted them another chance afterwards through more poor communication. That is not like them, not at all.

“I am disappointed, and it is another really good opportunity wasted.”

Despite the scoreline, the Sky Blues weren’t short of chances and came close on several occasions to levelling the game.

Max Biamou’s hard work went unrewarded yet again despite a golden opportunity in the first half that was saves well by Christy Pym.

“We should have at least been on level terms going into the second half. Again, we could not take out chances.

“Their ‘keeper has made some brilliant saves right at the death and our work to get into those areas was good.

“We need some help in the attack and we are trying to do that.

“It is clearly weighing on Max Biamou’s mind. I can see that in the dressing room. We need some support and some help in that department.

“At the end of the game we had plenty of lads on who can convert chances. Jordan Ponticelli was unlucky not to equalise.

“It is very disappointing, and we could, and should, have had more.”

He added: “Poor decision making has again cost us.”

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