Coventry City chalked up their 11th Championship draw on a frustrating afternoon against fallen Premier League side Watford.
Mark Robins claimed it was a “travesty” that the Sky Blues didn’t take the full three points after he said they “outplayed” promotion chasing Hornets who are looking to bounce straight back up to the top flight.
City created 14 attempts, with six on target, in an impressive display but just couldn’t find the clinical touch in the goalless draw at St Andrew’s.
Here’s every word from Robins’s post-match interview:
“If we had lost that game it would have been an absolute travesty because they had one flicked header that hit the outside of the post, other than that we were absolutely magnificent.
“It’s our fourth game in 11 days and we had an unbelievable amount of chances against a team that we lost three-nil to in a cup game last season. We almost beat them at their place and we’ve not had the same chances today.
“We didn’t take the chances we created but we’re only a win away from mid-table and then we’re talking differently.
“We have to have somebody who gambles and anticipates and gets the goal for us when we’re on top, we were well on top in the first-half and it’s a real travesty that we haven’t won it.
“All the players deserve an enormous amount of credit because they worked their socks off. I thought we were outstanding.”
Mixing it with a top team:
“You have to consider the players you’re playing against, they’ve got Troy Deeney who’s their record goalscorer and Ken Sema who’s created the most goals for them this season.
“But when you look at the money they have spent on their squad, it’s absolutely ridiculous, and to compete… Not only compete but to completely outplay them is testament to our players.
“I’m really proud of them. They have been fantastic.
“They’ve had an extra day’s rest and four games in 11 days is an absolute joke at the level that we’re playing at. We’ve got to look at the positives and take them into the next few games.
“We’ve just got to look at the teams above us and try and catch them.”
Injury scares and fatigue:
“The injury list is as long as my arm. The players that are in the team are fighting, they tired late on in the game which is why Callum O’Hare and Gus Hamer came off because they’re our most creative players.
“Callum has been feeling a thigh or a groin for a few days. Thankfully he’s OK and got through it because I was a bit concerned yesterday, but he’s got through a lot of work again.”
On Jamie Allen:
“Jamie Allen came in and he was really good, especially in the first half. The second half became a little bit more scrappy and they went longer, so we had to deal with the knock downs and we became a bit raggy for ten minutes or so.
“Ultimately it’s a point we will take, but so grudgingly really.”
On going with one striker:
“There aren’t many other options up front. You want to try to go with two strikers but the midfield players are outstanding, the way we kept the ball we had to try to force them back.
“The power they have got is incredible and what they tried to do in the second half was cheat a little bit and we gave them the opportunity to do that because we visibly tired.
“We started mis-placing passes and that’s a sign of getting tired.”
On the best chances:
“Gus has broken through and opened himself up in the second half and I thought that was going to hit the back of the net.
“Max Biamou has had opportunities and there have been balls off the goalkeeper that we haven’t followed up. We have had an unbelievable amount of chances, of ball into good areas rather than clear cut chances.
“We have had shots from distance, shots inside the box…
“Callum O’Hare has picked the wrong pass once or twice when the space is just on the outside but ultimately you have to say well done to them because it’s a big shift, also against a really good team.
“We are disappointed we haven’t taken the three points, that’s for sure.”
On Dacosta injury scare:
“He had a migraine. Initially it was a concussion but it has been downgraded to a migraine, thankfully.
“He said he had got an elbow but then he was saying he couldn’t see, so that’s why he came off because if you can’t see it points straight away to a concussion.
“He can’t speak English very well so the doctor and physio have said it’s concussion, get him off, and I would do the same thing in those circumstances.
“Then it got downgraded to a migraine and he needed some medication, a couple of paracetamol or whatever, just to cope with it.
“So thankfully it’s nothing more serious.”
On man of the match Matty James:
“He’s just a brilliant player and a great lad. He’s a calming influence and everything he does is measured.
“He has fantastic quality and I can only remember him playing one mis-placed pass in the second half, but other than that he was man of the match and it was fully deserved, but there were a lot of good performances today.
On James getting the armband:
“I have got Liam Kelly and Kykle McFadzean, and both weren’t involved. I have given it to various people. Some react to it well, others don’t.
“Matty James is an experienced player who has won pretty much everything there is to win, and he handles things in his stride.
“So he was the one standout candidate today and he’s captained the team brilliantly with a really good performance.
“He has made a big impact on everybody. It’s been a long time since he played 90 minutes but that’s his fourth 90 minutes on the bounce and done really, really well.”