Mark Robins was left to contemplate what might have been after his Coventry City side failed to take their chances against rock bottom Wycombe.
For the second game running the Sky Blues passed up clear cut chances to get themselves ahead in a dominant first half against the Chairboys when they had to settle for a single point that felt like a defeat at St Andrew’s.
And to make matters worse, it proved to be a costly afternoon in terms of injuries as skipper Liam Kelly and star wing-back Fankaty Dabo both limped off either side of the break with concerning issues.
Here’s every word from the manager’s post match interview:
“We’ve probably created more in this game than we have done in any other game we’ve played against them and not taken them.
“That’s the frustration. From Tuesday night’s game, coming into this one, we’ve defended pretty well, we won everything. They didn’t have a really good opportunity at any point in the game.
“We’ve created a number of clear-cut chances and should have taken them. We could have been three or four-nil up in the first half but didn’t take one.
“They’re a team that put you under huge pressure physically and they have moments in games that can put you on the back foot and we went away from what we’re good at.”
Changes and game of two halves:
“When I made the changes in the second-half, some of which were forced, you lose certain qualities that give you the ability to play the way that we did in the first half.
“It’s just a case of taking your chances, it relieves the pressure on everybody and you go on and win that game comfortably.
“We’ve said that so many times, it’s the circumstances around games and the period we’re in at the time of season that we’re at.
“We’ve just got to keep going. It’s a point towards our total so it’s not all doom and gloom, that’s for sure. From our point of view we should have won the game, that makes things a little bit easier. Coventry City never do things easy that’s for sure.”
Two best chances first five mins:
“I don’t know if that played on their minds but we have just got to continue to be brave and fight and scrap, but also be determined in the final third because things just sort of fizzled out from time to time. And there was a lack of quality for the final touch.
“I mean there was a brilliant move and Callum O’Hare has reversed the ball back for Gus and we didn’t score. You have to score.
“Max coming in with his first chance it’s a carbon copy of Tuesday night, and that might have been in his head, but he’s generally pretty good under those circumstances. But those are things that come back and bite you on the backside sometimes during games.
“Thankfully they didn’t have enough of the ball in our box to cause us any major headaches.”
Max’s confidence affected?
“It may be. I think the goalkeeper did OK with it but ultimately he could take the ball round him. There were a lot of things. He was free and clear.
“Don’t check it and bring it back on his foot because it gives the keeper time to steady himself and read you a little bit. You have to do things quicker but that’s the level of player we have at the minute and that’s it. It’s hit and miss.
“We have to go into games believing, and they have to go into games believing they are going to score. That’s something that’s in them.
“We have created enough chances to have put us to bed by half-time today and we haven’t taken them, and the point then becomes a welcome one because we have not managed to do that and not throw it at the other end.”
Positive defensive display:
“Absolutely, 100 percent. And in fairness the first half performance was a really good performance that just lacked the goal.
“Michael Rose was tiring and you could see he wasn’t getting back in. He was getting to the ball OK but if they had got the ball and switched the play and he wasn’t in position then we concede a goal, so that’s why he came off.
“He was really good, both defensively and on the ball. He just gives you a different dimension. He’s capable.”
“In the second half what I don’t want us to do is go long. I bring two strikers on knowing that Wycombe have got good delivery from full-back, which is why I went the way I went in the first instance, because if they get the time to serve when they are fresh they are going to cause you a major headache.
“When the game opened up a little bit, what you don’t want to do is bang the ball from back to front. You want to pin them in and we didn’t do that.
“We just played into their hands by hitting it up to Matty Godden when I have just taken Max off.
“Max is the one who deals with things while Matty is way short at the minute and has to get himself up to speed.
“Hopefully now we can use this time in the international break to do that and keep playing and creating the chances we need to by keep playing and doing the things we did in the first half.
“We don’t create chances, generally, by banging the ball long. They’re (Wycombe) the team that do that because that is their model with the players there who are powerful enough to do that.
“You look at Ikpeazu up front who is a really young and powerful player who has good strength and energy and good runners off him. And that’s the way they have set up.
“We are different and we have to maintain our calmness of brain and just keep passing the ball and moving people around, which is how we create the chances.”
On Dabo injury:
“Hamstring. I thought he started really brightly so to lose him is a blow.”
On Kelly injury:
“He said he felt something pop in his knee. You know what Kels is like, if he’s injured he’s injured properly. So I predict that ain’t a great one, but hopefully I’m wrong.”
On Callum O’Hare:
“He looked really tired today, although he gives me everything. His energy levels are absolutely immense but he can’t keep going and needs a breather at some point and we have one now.
On results elsewhere:
“It doesn’t matter. I said on Friday that if we don’t deal with it ourselves then we don’t deserve to be in the division. It’s as simple as that.
“We have to deal with it ourselves.”
“There are teams above us who have lost again and they will start to feel the pressure. They will because they are teams who thought they wouldn’t be anywhere near.
“For us, to finish outside the bottom three is a huge, huge success this year.
“We have one of the bottom three budgets in the division so that’s where we’re supposed to be and if we outperform our budget then we’re going to be alright.
“We’ll have had a brilliant season but I have said before we’re good enough to do it. We just need to keep calm and keep playing the way that we can. But we have young players who have never experienced this division before and it does funny things to people, and that’s why we have to stay calm.
“That’s why the performance defensively was a really welcome one because it was a really good standard defending against that opposition.”