Mark Robins says it was a “travesty” that Coventry City left Nottingham Forest empty handed.
The Sky Blues boss described Forest’s killer stoppage time winner as an “absolute shambles” as his players gave away possession with 30 seconds to go.
That resulted in Lyle Taylor going down in the box and the referee awarding a penalty – the last kick of the game – which resulted in the Forest striker bagging the full three points for the home side.
Here’s every word from the manager following the 2-1 away defeat:
“It was just a rubbish, rubbish, rubbish goal.
“It started with our throw-in down the other end by the corner to see the game out with 30 seconds left on the clock is an absolute shambles. If you can’t do that then you deserve to lose the game.
“And off the back of the game we have just had, we’d have been disappointed with a point because coming towards the end we could have won it. But naivety and stupidity just cost us the game.
“To concede the way that we did for both goals was poor.
“We shot ourselves in the foot by giving a chance away at the end and you have no time to come back; the game’s done.”
On the penalty:
“McFadzean is saying that he didn’t touch him, that there was a coming together.
“Lyle Taylor is clever and he’ll get his body in front of you and as soon as he feels contact he’ll go down and give the referee a decision make.
“That’s our luck, we’ve had bad luck.”
“We could have made it a lot easier for ourselves by taking the chances we created.
“On the upside we’ve come away from home and played really well, we’d have been disappointed not to take all three points, but to come away with zero is a travesty really.
“We wanted to try and win it, I thought we were on top in the game, they were looking for whatever they could get, they would have been happy with a point at the end of it, but it wasn’t to be and we’ve just got to move on from it.
“In the circumstances with injuries and the games that we’ve got to play there was some good really positive things to take from it.”
Picking out the positives:
“I can understand why Leo hasn’t cleared him out because he’s on a yellow card, we shouldn’t be playing the ball backwards, we did that a little bit too much.
“We’d have been disappointed to come away with a point, never mind losing. We did particularly well in the second-half, we were much better, we got ourselves back in the game with a really good goal, hit the post and had numerous chances to finish off.
“The belief was there and they grew in stature in the game, and you could tell that by the way we played and chnaces we created.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow when you concede with the last kick of the game and you have no time to reply, and it’s been done through your own mistakes rather than the opponents doing anything, so that’s the disappointment.
“We have to take it on the chin, move on from it and hopefully learn from it by not giving those daft chances away.”
“Matty Godden limped off with an injury, how bad that is I have no idea, but it’s another blow. He felt something on the bottom of his foot, planta facia, so fingers crossed but we don’t know how long that’s going to be.
“Hopefully we can get get everyone patched up to send down to Watford.”
On Dom Hyam, Jordan Shipley and Fankaty Dabo’s absence:
“Hyam has concussion.
“Shipley came into contact with someone with coronavirus so he’s out for 14 days.
“Dabo is struggling with the same thing he’s had. He’s struggling to get himself going but hopefully we can resolve it and he’ll be back, fighting fit after the international break.
“Fingers crossed we get that sorted once and for all because he can’t get himself going. We are bringing him back in and then he’s not playing.
“We have had to bring in Julien Dacosta and he’s not played a minute but he looks decent in training, and for the sake of five or ten minutes he has that experience to give us that outlet.
“Sam McCallum does fantastic and the goal we scored was brilliant, really well crafted, as were some of our chances. And really we should be coming away and talking about a brilliant away performance rather than what we have got. It’s really tough to take.
“We look a threat from set pieces and there is some really good delievry and good play.
“We have played really well. The performance was OK. In the second half there were too many players taking the easy option and going backwards and that culminated in a back pass into the middle of the pitch from Max and they have just pressed it and we just haven’t dealt with it. And that’s the naivety and stupidity.
“We have to be better than that because we have doe more than enough to win the game. And to come here, to the City Ground, and put on a performance we did then we can certainly look at it and take positives.
“But it’s just difficult at this moment in time and after a game I have to come and speak to you and I am fuming, I’m absolutely livid but I have to try to keep a lid on things and get on with things because there’s no point.
“We have to understand it. They know how I feel. I just told them to get in the shower because they know exactly what it is they need to do.”