DRAW HAS TONY SINGING THE BLUES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Adam Dent

BOTH man­agers left the Ri­coh Arena think­ing of what might have been – but Coven­try boss Tony Mow­bray felt a greater sense of in­jus­tice.

Twice his side went in front and twice they threw away their ad­van­tage with some sloppy play.

The draw meant they have gone 11 games un­beaten in the league – but that was not enough to lift his sense of re­gret.

Mow­bray said: “We didn’t lose but the na­ture of the goals we con­ceded was very, very dis­ap­point­ing be­cause they did not have to work for them.

“There was plenty of good play and we had lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties to put the game to bed but we did not take them.

“We have a lit­tle break now and we have to dust our­selves down and then go again.”

Mid­fielder John Fleck was in­volved in the first Rovers goal, and re­spon­si­ble for their sec­ond when he gave the ball away in his own area.

“It is un­usual for John to have such a loss of con­cen­tra­tion. Tech­ni­cally he is very gifted and he could have done a host of things with the ball in that sit­u­a­tion, but I won’t ap­por­tion blame,” added Mow­bray.

“He does well for us week in, week out and this is some­thing that we have just got to take on the chin.’’

Adam Arm­strong put the home side in front on the half hour when he pounced on a blocked shot and fired in his 13th of the sea­son.

They could have stretched that lead and at the start of the sec­ond half looked to be­lieve their own hype.

Fleck lost the ball in the 52nd minute and when goal­keeper Re­ice CharlesCook failed to hold Andy Wil­liams’ shot, Nathan Tyson was on hand to score.

Fleck looked to have redeemed him­self just five min­utes later when his low ef­fort went through a crowd of play­ers and in off a post – but worse was to come.

There looked lit­tle dan­ger when Fleck tried to pass his way out of de­fence in the 72nd minute and in­stead gave the ball to Tyson who did well to score.

The striker could well have had a hat-trick two min­utes into in­jury time when his clever lob beat Charles-Cook – only to hit the bar and bounce out.

“I have said to the play­ers that I am dis­ap­pointed in the end that we did not take the three points when Tyson hit the bar,” said Rovers boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son.

“We gave as good as we got against a good team who are go­ing well.

“It was pleas­ing to see us come back twice as that has not hap­pened enough this sea­son. When we have gone be­hind this sea­son, we have lost.

“We knew we would be good on the counter and some of our play was very, very good. I am pleased with the per­for­mance but not overly pleased with the re­sult.

“I thought it was a good game and a good ad­vert for the league.

“I have seen that my team now be­lieve in them­selves. I know we are a good team and we showed that.”

PIC­TURES: Arthur Haigh/ White Rose Pho­tos

DAN­GER MAN: Don­caster Rovers striker Nathan Tyson cel­e­brates lev­el­ling the scores

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