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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Preston North End draw and Jamie Allen injury

The Sky Blues were held to a goalless draw by Preston North End...

28 February 2023

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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Preston North End draw and Jamie Allen injury

The Sky Blues were held to a goalless draw by Preston North End...

28 February 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has praised his side for reaching 16 clean sheets in a single season for the first time in 50 years, after their 0-0 draw at Preston.

City were unable to find a winning goal at Deepdale, where they were held to what the Coventry boss has branded a "decent point".

The result leaves the Sky Blues five points adrift of the play-off places with plenty of time still to go in the 2022/23 season.

On the draw at Deepdale...

"It's a decent point. I’m told it’s the first time in 50 years we’ve kept 16 clean sheets in a season, which is fantastic.

"It was a tight game. They probably should’ve scored with a chance at the end, but other than that we defended pretty well.

"It had 0-0 written all over it. It was a fight up top with their centre halves and our strikers, whoever was up there.

"But we created some chances and I can think of when Jamie Allen went through in the first half and he should’ve scored that."

On injuries to Jamie Allen and Kasey Palmer...

"We’ve lost him now to an injury, so that’s another midfielder we’ve lost and he will be out for a while.

"We’ve lost Kasey Palmer as well to a hamstring injury and we’ve got Ben Sheaf out and Liam Kelly, so we are up against it."

On the recent run of results...

"On Saturday, we got three points and everyone is saying play-offs but the reality of it is that we haven’t got the depth or the players that can sustain it, so it feels flat because you’re looking to try and kick on, but it’s very difficult.

"We have to find another way, which is what we’ve done all through my tenure, so we have to go again. We have to recover right and that’s the important thing for me."

On the fans, who traveled in their numbers...

"We had a long journey up and down tonight, just like the supporters have. But we have to recover and go again on Saturday.

"The fans traveled and they sang their hearts out again, and it was one of them evenings where we didn’t want to lose the game.

"It was a difficult game and any point in the Championship is a good point. The fact that we got our 16th clean sheet is something to be very happy about."


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