Mark Robins says Coventry City have made a ‘massive leap’ in progress after securing a 12th place Championship finish to the 2021/22 season.

The Sky Blues’ final point of the campaign came in a 1-1 draw at Stoke, taking the club’s overall tally to 64 points, which is nine better than last year as City finished three places higher in the final league table.

And after watching his players fail to take several clear cut chances in an game that should have been out of sight against the Potters, who equalised just before halftime to cancel out Viktor Gyokeres’s 14th minute opener, the manager admitted that another impressive display that lacked the cutting edge to kill their opponents just about summed up the season as a whole.

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“Is that the story of the season,” he said. “It was a brilliant performance, certainly for the first half an hour. We took the one chance and Viktor finished it brilliantly. And then he gets put in for the next one and gets loads of time to think about it with Shippers on the inside where he could just have squared it and there’s a tap-in, but those are the things we have to get better at. And if we’d have scored that one the crowd were turning, because they were going.

“We have had a couple more chances and the keeper has made a few saves and then they get really what was the first chance they had. We made a mistake really. Dominic (Hyam) has gone but we were actually in a decent position behind the ball and then they win the ball back and break and Sam Clucas was allowed to run and we dropped a little bit too deep in the penalty area rather than being in a position to get up against him and he finishes it, and it was totally against the run of play.

“We look at things and we have got a habit of doing it. We concede a goal when it’s one chance when we’re absolutely on top in a game and dominant, playing really well and then concede. All of a sudden we have a little bit of a mental rock where we could concede again before getting it back.”

He added: “Half time came and we had a conversation and looked at things and came out and we knew they would change and get a little bit more of a grip on the game, and we were a little bit sloppy. And it looks like a little bit of uncertainty in the play from one or two. Not everyone, just a few, and that brings the other team on with their passing.”

Robins felt a five minute delay around the half hour mark stopped City’s momentum when Josh Eccles went down injured and had to be stretchered off.

“Losing Josh just broke the rhythm up a little bit,” he said, “but second half, we were trying to gain a foothold in a game which was then a bit more even, while I still felt we had the better chances. Vik’s had a header, we have had a couple of shots and the keeper has made a couple of saves in the first and second half, and Maats has had one cleared off the line. And it was only us really who looked like we were going to win it but just didn’t manage to do it, and I think they’ll be delighted with the point.

“For us it was a really good away performance but one which we can rue a little bit of missed chances, which has been the story of the season and that’s why we’re 12th and not 6th.”

He added: “But it’s a massive leap from last season. If people are starting to think we have got a chance of the play-offs and things… We may have, who’s to say, but you have to stay in the division first. This is our second season back in it and we’re playing some good football and played some brilliant stuff most of the season. But we have to start turning some of those top performances into better results.

“There are things we need to change and things we’ve looked at, and we will do that. It will be nuanced change rather than wholesale, and with recruitment we’ll look to bring in one or two that we can improve the squad and quality with.”

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