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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Fleetwood Town Reaction

The manager reflects on the goalless draw at Highbury...

28 January 2020

Mark Robins believes the tricky conditions made for a poor-quality game after the Sky Blues played out a goalless draw against Fleetwood Town at Highbury on Tuesday night.

Both defences were on top in a low-quality game which made difficult for both sides in cold and windy conditions.

Robins said: “It was a really poor-quality game but that’s because the conditions put pay to it, we’ve all got icicles forming on our noses and chins and I feel for everybody at the game today.

“It’s a long journey, we did it this morning, it’s been a long day and I’ll take a point all day long and move on as fast as we possibly can do and there’s another away game on Saturday to come.”

Despite the lack of chances, Robins felt the Sky Blues should have been awarded a penalty late on when substitute Callum O’Hare was barged over in the penalty area.

“There was nothing doing during the whole game, there was a lot of the dark arts going on, we were unlucky not to get a penalty, it was nailed on, he’s challenged him in the back and shifted him five yards into the penalty area and if that’s not a penalty then I don’t know what is.

“I feel aggrieved at that, we should have had a chance to win the game right at the death, but I don’t think either team deserved it because there was no real quality at all.”

The manager was full of praise for O’Hare’s performance off the bench but admitted that despite the quality shown by the Aston Villa loanee, the conditions made it impossible for either team to win the game.

He was however, pleased to come away with a point as well as extending their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions with City also recording their fourth successive clean sheet.

“There were two or three times where we looked dangerous in the first half, but we were playing backwards too much.

“Then the bright spark was Callum coming on and trying to make something happen, there was the chance for Liam Walsh where he almost scored, it was just one of those games really where you just have to put it down to the conditions.

“It’s another point, it’s a clean sheet and we’re unbeaten again, they’ve done really well at the back, there were some blocks in there and last-ditch tackles which was very difficult to defend because they put good crosses into the box.

“Given the lack of chances due to the weather, I thought we might have dominated more and created some chances, we didn’t gauge the weather when we put a ball in the box and whatever they had to defend they managed to defend too easily.”

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