18th Jun, 2019

Robins frustrated as Pilgrims steal three points from Sky Blues

Ben Tyler 22nd Jan, 2019

BOSS Mark Robins was left frustrated by his side’s inability to put away chances, after his side were overturned to lose 2-1 against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on Saturday.

A double from Ruben Lameiras cancelled out Conor Chaplin’s 55th minute showstopper to claim a huge three points for the struggling hosts, but cast further doubt on Coventry’s play-off hopes to extend their winless run to three games.

Defeat leaves Coventry in ninth, eight points off Peterborough in the fourth and final play-off place.

Robins was positive in aspects of the performance, but could not stomach seeing his side throw away a lead.

“It’s tough to take – I have just said in the dressing room that we are a team that are nearly really good and I keep saying the same thing.

“We have to find it within ourselves because we created loads of chances. We need to keep doing the things that got us all of the chances in the game.

He warned his players to keep making the correct decisions on the ball which looked to earn them victory when they led until just after the half-hour mark, and to keep putting in similar showings in their upcoming fixtures.

“It is just really frustrating because I should be coming here saying that that was fantastic and it was a brilliant performance, it’s sickening,” he admitted.

“They [Plymouth] may have got two or three or goals, but at the end of the day we should have got five or six – I’m not exaggerating.

“All of the chances that we had went begging and I think that they had four chances in the game and two of them went in the net.”

The Sky Blues were close to going a goal up inside five minutes when Bright Enobakhare flew past a defender and cracked a low shot at goal which Kyle Letheren was able to keep out, whilst Jordy Hiwula’s volley for the top corner was blocked magnificently.

It took until the second-half for the breakthrough to arrive, coming courtesy of a thunderbolt into the top-corner from Chaplin, who whipped a free-kick around the wall and in from 30-yards out.

But for the deserved lead and general dominance in the game, Lameiras dragged Plymouth level when his half-volley cut across Lee Burge and into the net.

The former-Coventry man then put his former side behind when firing a low shot past Burge via a deflection to put Argyle in front.

Sky Blues were unable to grasp an equaliser despite their best efforts, with Letheren seemingly unbeatable for the most part on the day.

Coventry next host Blackpool at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday (3pm), the Seasiders sitting directly above them in the table in eighth.

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