22nd Feb, 2020

Robins "aggrieved" by dismissed penalty call

Ben Tyler 29th Jan, 2020

MARK Robins says he will gratefully accept an away point at Fleetwood Town following Tuesday night’s goalless draw in League One.

It was Coventry City’s second 0-0 stalemate in three days, after Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with ‘visitors’ Birmingham City at St Andrew’s – putting the Sky Blues in line for a potential M69 derby away to Leicester City in the fifth round of the competition following Monday’s draw.

The Coventry manager was quick to address the low level of quality on show at Highbury Stadium in midweek, but felt his side should have had the opportunity to win the game after a penalty call for a foul on Callum O’Hare was dismissed.

“It was a long day and I’ll take a point all-day long, and move on as fast we possibly can do as there’s another away game on Saturday to come,” Robins said.

“We were unlucky not to get a penalty, it was nailed on. The defender has challenged him [O’Hare] in the back and shifted him five yards into the penalty area – 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.”

As a result of the draw in Lancashire, the fifth-placed Sky Blues have now gone nine games unbeaten – recording clean sheets in their last four – to put them in good stead for a trip to the Memorial Stadium against out-of-form Bristol Rovers on Saturday (3pm).

Coventry will then do battle with Birmingham City once again, this time as the away side, in Tuesday night’s (7.45pm) fourth-round replay.

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