Mark Robins said his Coventry City side should have taken the full three points at Barnsley.

The Sky Blues boss felt his players let the Tykes “off the hook” in the goalless draw at Oakwell where centre-half Leo Ostigard went closest to scoring with a powerful header than bounced off the underside of the crossbar, with Callum O’Hare unable to get on the end of the loose ball.

But City kept a clean sheet at the other end in a game of few clear cut chances from both sides.

Here’s every word from Robins’s most match interview:

Decent point:

“Listen, any point away from home is a good point in the Championship, so it’s a brilliant point.

“I don’t think we played brilliantly. Having said that, I thought we let them off the hook in the first half.

“Barnsley are an out of possession team and one of the best pressing teams I have seen outside the Premier League and they really come after you, and you know it’s coming.

“They have had a year at the level previous to this and it’s a little bit harsh because these were to all intents and purposes relegated last season had it not been for the Wigan thing, so this is a totally different season and set of circumstances and you have to take into account what they are good at.



Mark Robins, manager of Coventry City reacts following the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Coventry City at Oakwell Stadium

“And their strengths, really, we negated them, so from my point of view I thought we created chances in the first half and were really unlucky and let them off the hook because we didn’t take one of them.

“They don’t give too many chances away to opposition teams and we created more of those opportunities than any other team we have seen so far this season, and the fact that they werent able to press us like they have done to other teams is testament to the lads and the way we move the ball around.”

Conditions played a part:

“I think it was a bit more of a leveller in the second half. The temperature dropped, being up north where it’s a lot colder than down in Coventry,” he said.

“The wind got up and it made conditions a lot more tricky but again, they are a decent side who are a year in front of us and had a year prior to that when they were relegated before, so they are a good side.

“We managed to contain them and I thought we were on the back foot too much but we are not quite there yet, and I have said we won’t be there for a while longer yet.

“So we have to take the point and be reasonably happy with that.

“I think the work-rate was there but I just felt we were a little bit on the back foot and it was a little bit scrappy in the second half. We got into good positions to create opportunities and then the final ball wasn’t brilliant. But I will take it and move on.”



Barnsley’s Michal Helik (left) challenges Coventry City’s Callum O’Hare

Clean sheet:

“It’s a good clean sheet. Marko made a really good save at the end where we didn’t stay with the run and the flick came round the corner and Cauley Woodrow got himself into a good position and bounced it into the floor and Marko stood up and saved it. Other than that there weren’t that many chances that they had.

“They hit a few shots but none of them really caused us any issue and we have done similarly apart from a set play, from which I thought we looked really dangerous.

“So we’ll keep working on those because they’ll be a really big thing for us.”

On Hamer quality:

“He’s very talented but so are other members of the team, but our delivery from corners and set pieces has got better this year and hopefully we can keep doing that, keep putting balls into the box and getting of the end of things.

“There’s a lot of players who are capable of getting on the end of things. There are a lot who are capable of scoring. The header fro Leo that came down and a bit of a calm head from Callum might have seen that in the back of the net, but its a really good point in the circumstances.”



Barnsley’s Cauley Woodrow and Coventry City’s Gustavo Hamer battle for the ball

Quiet day for Matty Godden:

“They have three big centre-halves and they changed their shape three times. They made changes at half-time and brought other players on and tried to adjust to try to cope with us, because they couldn’t cope with us, certainly in the first half.

“In the second half there were a few tackles flying in so their manager must have said to them they need to get wired into them a little bit more. But then we have to be on the front foot and keep doing things, but that’s the level we have to get to and will get to.

“At the minute we are a little bit unsure and in the second half a little bit of tiredness crept in.

On Ben Sheaf’s first league start:

“I thought Ben Sheaf had a decent start, broke things up really well, but there’s a lot more to come from him as well. it’s early days for all of our players and while we are getting up to speed we are picking points up, which is a good thing.



Coventry City’s Ben Sheaf (left) and Barnsley’s Luke Thomas battle for the ball

Solid back three:

“They did well but I think we can do better in terms of tidying up the use of the ball. But generally, I thought they were very good.

“I thought Fanky laboured a little bit and you could see he’s been out for a while but he’s put in another unbelievable shift again.

“Ryan Giles did pretty well and i was just looking for a bit more quality in the final third, not just from him but all the players who end up in those positions to put the quality into the penalty area for us to get the chances to score.

“We got into great positions and hit the defender. We got to the byline and pulled back and it was behind us, so there are things to work on. But we were almost there and nearly got a win, which wouldn’t have been undeserved.”

Bournemouth up next:

“Absolutely. Keep them coming. I think it’s a massive test because they have got proper, proper players who have just been relegated from the Premier League having been there for five years.

“So it’s a tough game but one we can look forward to.”





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