Mark Robins was furious with his Coventry City side’s lack of fight as they slipped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium.
A first half brace from Kieffer Moore and third from Josh Murphy in the first minute after the break put the Bluebirds on course for the full three points against the Sky Blues who scored a late consolation goal from Dom Hyam.
And Robins was left to reflect on what he described as his side’s worst display of their Championship season so far.
“It was the poorest performance of the season in terms of our ability to fight against a team that fights,” said an angry City boss.
“We’ve reacted to that with 15 minutes to go which isn’t good enough.
“The chances that they had and the goals that they scored, we gave them. You can’t do that and expect to win games or draw games or even compete. There were too many non-performers, it was very disappointing.
“The last 15 minutes of the game we started to create chances but it was too late. At half-time, even when you’ve given them two goals, there is always a way back into the game.
“We missed some chances but we haven’t created enough. It was just huff and puff.
“At times we’ve missed having two strikers up front because Matty Godden and Tyler Walker have been out and we want to try to get them back into a position where we can play like that and give ourselves a better chance of scoring goals.
“There’s a process of getting there but clearly it hasn’t been good enough today. It was a major disappointment. There still needs to be more scrapping and more fighting from minute one to earn the right to play.
“We have to be able to fight, scrap, create and then take our chances and not give opportunities away. It was just too easy for them today which is something I’m really angry about,
“I don’t think we deserved anything from the game.”
City, however, created 21 chances by close of play, albeit only five on target.
“We got ourselves a goal and had a lot of opportunities,” said Robins, who was fuming about the treatment midfielder Callum O’Hare received from the opposition.
“Callum has been kicked from pillar to post. It’s just been a really poor afternoon but we have to dust ourselves down and get on with it with another game on Wednesday.”
On the goals, he said: “I don’t think we deserved anything from the game. The fact that people were waltzing through and allowed to stick the ball in the back of the net…
“The first goal was a ball bent down the side and Leo has tried to play off-side and then got himself back into a good position but dived in and allowed Moore to cut inside and score.
“The second was a long throw where Marko has tried to come and Leo has tried to win the header to make amends but he knocked Marko out of the way.
“The ball bounced and Michael Rose reacted late. Just go and take a whack! It bounces to Moore who couldn’t believe his luck. He must have thought it was his birthday.
“The third goal, we’d spoken at half-time about the next goal being important and that we could get it.
“But it came from a free-kick where the referee has blown up and and we have switched off and turned away. He’s played an early ball in and Murphy has scored which is an absolute disgrace. It’s a disgraceful goal.”