15th Oct, 2019

Clinical finishing needed by Coventry, says Robins after Bolton stalemate

Ben Tyler 12th Aug, 2019

SKY Blues boss Mark Robins felt his side were hard done by, after having two goals chalked off in their 0-0 draw away to Bolton Wanderers in League One.

Coventry City remain unbeaten after adding to their 1-0 opening-day win against Southend United, but were left wondering what might have been after being held by a youthful Bolton side in a one-sided affair at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Robins said his team will move on from the disappointment, but calls for Coventry to be more clinical in front of goal in the coming games.

“We’re still working, we’re still early in the season. Whilst it’s disappointing, we haven’t got the 100% record that we were after, we have to take it and move on.

“When you play against a team of youngsters, who have got something to prove and the crowd behind them, and they’ve got a cause, they can make it difficult, especially if you don’t take your chances.

“Especially, if those chances, that you score, are then disallowed for offside and certainly one of them wasn’t. That’s a disappointment for me.”

The Sky Blues manager points to the first disallowed goal as the biggest point of contention, and argues that Jordan Shipley’s strike should have stood.

“I’ve seen all of the goals back, Shipley’s one was probably, possibly, debatable because there’s a flick to him but even so it’s his big toe,” said Robins.

“It’s unbelievable, the linesman hadn’t given it, his flag went up late.

“There’s communication on the second one for [Amadou] Bakayoko when he scored, he’s behind [Yoan] Zouma.

“Jordy possibly should score but he’s bounced it on to Bakayoko, who’s put it in the net, that looks onside for all the world.”

Robins praised Bolton shot-stopper Matthew Alexander for his outstanding display, but feels the game was there to be won with the chances created throughout.

“The fact we’ve got into some really good positions a number of times and haven’t scored is something we have to improve on – their goalkeeper has had an absolute worldy.

“We had 24 shots but there’s a couple I can think of, now, that went past the post that we need to hit the target with.

“Brandon Mason’s in the first-half, Jordan Shipley’s, Liam Kelly’s gone through with an unbelievable chance at the end, it needs a bit more power on it but the keeper’s made a save there.”

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