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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reacts to MK Dons Draw

The draw extends the Sky Blues unbeaten run in the league to four matches...

11 January 2020

Mark Robins felt it was a “fair result” after the Sky Blues were held to a 1-1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.

City took the lead inside a minute when Sam McCallum finished superbly from the edge of the penalty area only for Carlton Morris to equalise for the visitors in the second half.

The draw extends City’s unbeaten run in the league to four matches, but Robins felt his side could have produced a better performance.

Robins said: “I think it was a fair result, it was a poor performance from us. They deserve credit for the way the pressed and got after us.

“We made a great start and scored a great goal. Sam took it really well, he picked up a good position and when the ball came to him, he took a good first touch and his second one was brilliant.

“It was a good start for us, we got ourselves in front but from then on, they started to grow in confidence, they got too much of the ball but didn’t really create a great deal.

“I felt that as the game went on, getting in ahead at half time was good for us because we try and put things right and reorganise. What we didn’t do was make good decisions on the ball today.”

Robins was frustrated his side missed two good chances in the second half but was pleased that the Sky Blues didn’t lose the fixture which extends their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.

“We missed the best two chances of the second half really and if we take those, we win the game and we’re talking about a great performance so those are the margins.

“We haven’t played anywhere near as well as we can today.

“After those chances we huffed and puffed and made poor decisions and kept making poor decisions and looked out on our feet, one or two needed a breather.

“We’re five unbeaten now, we’re scoring goals and we’ve performed pretty well up until today and even some of the game today we looked like we could go on and win the game.

“I think if they’ve had two shots on goal, one on target, and one of those is the goal then that’s the disappointment for us.”

The gaffer also praised Dons manager Russell Martin for turning the visitors results around since his appointment in November.

“They’ve got great legs in the middle of the park they’ve got good players that are comfortable on the ball and their results have turned around since Russell Martin has gone in there.

“It was a difficult game. They made some changes and brought players in and made the change at half time with Carlton Morris coming on, who is a powerful player.

“We just looked a little bit dead compared to how we have looked but sometimes that happens. If you don’t play well, don’t lose the game and thankfully we didn’t do that.”


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