30th Nov, 2020

Robins thrilled by City response

Ben Tyler 21st Oct, 2020 Updated: 21st Oct, 2020

MANAGER Mark Robins says his Coventry City side were a class act in their 1-1 home draw with Swansea City on Tuesday night – and believes the Sky Blues should have taken all three points.

A Jordan Shipley stunner on 19 minutes was cancelled out just before the break by Andre Ayew, meaning the spoils were shared at St Andrew’s and ensuring Coventry bounced back from their disappointing 2-0 defeat at Brentford three days earlier.

With two late openings presented to his side, Robins came out of the Championship fixture feeling aggrieved not to have taken maximum points.

“I thought we were much better, I’m delighted with them,” he said.

“We’re disappointed that we haven’t gone on to win it because Callum [O’Hare] had a great chance at the end and we had Ryan Giles’ shot before that.

Mark Robins was delighted by his side’s midweek performance. Picture: PA.

“We played against two outstanding teams in Bournemouth and Brentford and then another one on Tuesday night. We played with intensity and aggression, on the front foot, moved the ball pretty well, the speed was good.

“We gave them a real scare and they’re a good team, they’ve just finished in the play-offs, so it’s got to give us a lot of confidence.”

It was Shipley who got the ball rolling for the hosts, meeting Matty Godden’s cut-back with a shot whipped into the net via Freddie Woodman’s post.

While O’Hare almost doubled the lead with a header from close range moments later, it was Swansea who struck next, as Ayew sent the sides in level with an effort buried in the bottom-right corner.

Chances came and went for both sides, although the Sky Blues will feel hard done by after both Giles – who saw his shot cleared off the line – and O’Hare with another header both went close to deciding it late on.

City find themselves 18th with five points after six games – a position they aim to improve when hosting 12th-placed Blackburn Rovers on Saturday (3pm).

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