22nd Oct, 2017

Sky Blues skipper frustrated with Walsall draw

Coventry Editorial 1st Dec, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKIPPER Jim O’Brien admits he was frustrated not to secure three much-needed points against Walsall on Saturday.

The 27-year-old thought he had broken the deadlock with a first half header but was denied by a full stretch save by Walsall goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell.

And despite creating a number of chances in the second period the Sky Blues were made to settle for a point.

But O’Brien, who replaced Reda Johnson as club captain, says his side deserved all three against a Walsall side who had lost just once in seven matches.

“I was gutted about my header in the first half,” said O’Brien. “I thought it was going in, but the keeper has got across and somehow kept it out.

“In the second half it was much better. We sorted ourselves out at half time, Ryan (Allsop) didn’t have much to do in the second half.

“We put some good balls in, our strikers were getting on the end of a lot of stuff. But it did not drop for us.

“It is frustrating, but we can still take positives from the game. We got another clean sheet which is great, and we can build a foundation on that.”

O’Brien’s impressive performances this season has earned him the captain’s armband, something he is delighted with.

“It’s great to be captain,” he added. “I’m humbled, as it’s an honour and a privilege.

“Not much has changed on a day-to-day basis, people come to you for answers more, but that’s it. I’m happy to be given the role and I hope to do a good job from it.”

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