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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Stoke City Reaction

City extended their unbeaten run at home to seven matches...

26 December 2020

Mark Robins felt his side picked up a “good” point after the Sky Blues were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at St Andrew’s on Boxing Day.

City created several chances, but couldn’t find a way past Michael O’Neill’s side who kept their fourth successive clean sheet in the league.

The manager was pleased to come away with a clean sheet and a point, but felt his side needed to take their shooting opportunities sooner.

Robins said: “It was really tight and really nip and tuck all afternoon and probably a fair result at the end of it, a clean sheet and another point, it’s a really good point.

“I thought we moved the ball really well, there were certain times when we played one pass too many were we could have taken the chance, we’re trying to create opportunities to shoot, if we had taken that opportunity earlier, we may have had a bit more joy.

“We had some good chances, Max Biamou flicked it inside for Baka to get onto the end of and the keeper came and took him out, there was a shout for a penalty in the first-half.

“There was some really good interplay between Gus and Jamie Allen, and the forward players, and we got into a position to shoot, but we just took that extra touch or extra pass which closed the space down.

“I thought we were really good, we had some really good play and control in the game, certainly for the first hour, after that I thought we tired a little bit.”

Robins was delighted to see Matty Godden return to the starting line-up and praised the Potters defensive qualities despite his side creating the better chances.

“I think to get 70 minutes from Matty Godden is magnificent, it’s great to get him anywhere near the team at this stage which is testament to how hard he’s worked.”

“They make it difficult for you to create chances, let alone score goals, we created quite a few chances in the first-half, for the first hour we had the better opportunities between the two teams.

“They got blocks in when they needed to and defended really well, they’re really well drilled, probably the best drilled defensive team in the division, whilst they’ve got unbelievable quality and you can see that from their bench.

“It’s a good point against really strong opposition, their bench is frightening, Steven Fletcher is probably, the best striker we’ve faced, in terms of his experience, I thought our defenders played really well against him.”

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