ROBINS: IT WAS JUST RUBBISH...
DESPONDENT manager Mark Robins felt Coventry were not ruthless enough as they failed to score for a fourth time this term and missed the chance to keep pace with the league’s leading pack.
Without talisman Duckens Nazon, away on international duty with Haiti, the Sky Blues registered just a handful of efforts on goal as Barnet halted a run of three successive league defeats.
Robins said: “It was rubbish. The first half was dire and the second half was a little bit better.
“The pressure was building in the second half and they’ve got to thank their goalkeeper for keeping them in it, but we’ve got to take one of our chances and be more ruthless.
“The crowd we brought were magnificent and it felt like a home game; that raises standards. The positive was keeping a clean sheet, but it’s disappointing not to come away with three points.”
Barnet were also without their leading light – the division’s player of the month Shaq Coulthirst absent with a hamstring injury.
So perhaps the lack of first-half fireworks should have been expected, with the 1,400-strong away contingent more concerned by the welfare of the local drummers and Santa Claus’s premature appearance behind the press box than their team persistently opting to bypass their talented midfielders with long wayward passes.
Action in the final third was limited to a Max Biamou header that fell wide and Jodi Jones, a player clearly destined to enjoy a career far higher than this level, aimed for the top-right corner with the outside of his left foot, but his inventive effort flew clear of the crossbar.
It took 52 minutes for the game’s first shot on target – a tame longrange strike from Devon Kelly-Evans was easily collected by Craig Ross.
The Sky Blues then upped the ante, briefly, with a powerful Biamou header caught by Ross, who also held a low 20-yard strike from right-back Jack Grimmer.
A half-volley from substitute Fumnaya Shomotun drew ironic cheers as the home supporters’ 80-minute wait to see a shot on target ended, but keeper Lee Burge was equal to the strike. And the contest’s final chance fell to Liam Kelly, but his fiercely struck halfvolley was pushed wide by Ross. Barnet head coach Rossi Eames said: “The players have got to cherish that point, because they worked ever so hard for it. “If you get regular clean sheets, you’ll do well in the season, so that’s a real positive. “It was a fair result. The performance from us out of possession was excellent. We couldn’t accept anything less and the clean sheet was massive for us. I’m really pleased.”
SCRAMBLE: Players from both sides battle for the ball
OFF TARGET: Coventry’s Jack Grimmer shoots wide