Mark Robins says being frustrated at Birmingham City draw shows how far his side have come
COVENTRY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Mark Robins the Coventry City manager reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Coventry City and Swansea City at The Coventry Building Society Arena on November 02, 2021 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Coventry City hosted Birmingham City at the Coventry Building Society Arena and could only get a point despite controlling the majority of the match. Being frustrated that they couldn't find a winner against a staple Championship side in Birmingham City shows just how far Coventry have come as a club. 

The hosts started well with playmaker Callum O'Hare getting on the ball in good areas and looking to pick apart the Blues’ back line. He almost did on multiple occasions, but his team mates just couldn't hit the back of the net.

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As the game went on, Coventry struggled to keep their tempo up and seemed to fade away in the second half. Ryan Woods was sent off with ten minutes to go which didn't have much impact on the game as the visitors settled for a point.

A frustrating result 

When speaking to the press after the game, Coventry City manager Mark Robins was impressed with how his side performed and was disappointed that they couldn't find a winner.

"Talking about the result being frustrating, then that shows how far we have come. To be frustrated against Birmingham City who have been at this level for a long time, who we ground shared with when we were in League One and when we were in the Championship shows how far we have come.

"It's a derby game. We knew what the game would be becuase that the game that they want to make it and we were disappointed really. We had a lot of possession and some really good openings but their goalkeeper was on form really, he made good saves when he needed to and pulled the ball out of the air when we were in the box."

Penalty appeal 

Coventry had a huge appeal for a penalty turned down in the second half, when Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Dion Sanderson pulled the shirt of Viktor Gyökeres just after the 30 minute mark in the penalty area. 

Understandably, Mark Robins was furious about the decision, and struggled to understand why it wasn't given. 

"We should've had a nailed on penalty,” he said. 
 

“I just don't see how it is not given, I really don't see why it's not been given.

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"He was thrown down, he's dragged his shirt off his back and thrown to the floor, I just don't get it. So that's the disappointment because you know, that was the game right there."

Coventry have been very impressive this season and currently sit fourth in the Championship table, they face fellow promotion candidates Bournemouth in the next game.

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