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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Barnsley Reaction

Read the thoughts of the manager after the final whistle...

14 August 2021

Mark Robins believes there was plenty of positives to take from the Sky Blues’ defeat against Barnsley at Oakwell this afternoon.

City dominated the game against Barnsley but the home side scored against the run of play to snatch all three points.

Speaking after the final whistle, City boss told how his side need to be more clinical.

He said: “I thought it was a good game, it was two good young teams and a lot of energy, and I think we dominated from start to finish.

“We conceded a really poor first half chance but apart from that they have done nothing as we’ve not really allowed them to in fairness so I thought we were outstanding in most areas apart from we have to take the chance from 12 yards.

“We need to be more clinical in the final third when we get opportunities. I think Viktor was a little bit unlucky in the first half with the cross from Ian Maatsen. I thought it was a really good ball into the box into a dangerous area.

“I thought we should have made more of our dominance really as we just needed to find that pass to make something happen and we lacked that today.

“But, in general, although we lost the game, I don’t think it was that sort of feeling today as I thought there were lots of positives because I want us to be on the front foot and for most of that game we were.

“Last season they were in the play offs and even though we took four points off them I thought today’s game was a decent game as it’s a tough place to come and we played well in front of the travelling support.”

The Sky Blues had the chance to level up in injury time when Jamie Allen was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

Viktor Gyokeres stepped up to take the penalty, but he was denied by Barnsley ‘keeper Brad Collins.

“I didn’t get involved, I thought somebody would come out of the pack that wanted it but if you get that opportunity you’ve got to take it and stick it in the back of the net.

“If Waghorn is on the pitch he is taking the next one.

“Viktor didn’t connect with it properly, but he wants to score and I can’t knock him, he wants to be brave and I can’t have a go at him tonight.”

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