SKY BLUES FAIL TO PUT DONS AWAY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Neil Goulding

MARK Robins rued his Coven­try side’s missed chances after be­ing forced to set­tle for a draw against League One bot­tom club AFC Wim­ble­don.

The Sky Blues reg­u­larly over­passed the ball in­stead of test­ing vis­it­ing goal­keeper Aaron Rams­dale at the Ri­coh.

Jake Jervis opened the scor­ing for the vis­i­tors just 72 sec­onds into the match be­fore Wes Thomas’ res­cued a point on the hour.

Robins, whose side have lost just once in their last five, said: “It’s a game we should have won.

“It’s the fin­ish­ing that’s the big thing for us re­ally. Some­body’s got to take re­spon­si­bil­ity to shoot, even if you miss.

“We were chas­ing it from sec­onds in, but it’s a game we should have won.”

How­ever, Robins was quick to take the pos­i­tives after over­haul­ing their tor­rid run of form.

He added: “They’re on a bet­ter run of re­sults than we are and we have to look at it from where we are and where we have been.

“We won three on the bounce be­fore los­ing to Scun­thorpe and we’ve got a draw here. Things are get­ting bet­ter from our run be­fore that and that’s pleas­ing for us.”

On the flip side Wim­ble­don are fight­ing for their League One sta­tus and missed the chance of grab­bing a vi­tal three points.

Boss Wally Downes said: “It’s a re­ally good point on the road for us. It was a great start and maybe that’s the frus­trat­ing thing for us be­cause we couldn’t put them away de­spite go­ing ahead so early on.

“We had a cou­ple of chances and we gifted them a few our­selves. A point is prob­a­bly a fair re­sult.

“We know the sit­u­a­tion we’re in and we have to keep bat­tling for sur­vival.

“There has been a con­stant im­prove­ment in ev­ery game we’ve played and that’s all I can ask for.”

Jervis pounced sec­onds into the game with a well-taken fin­ish from close range after Coven­try failed to clear their lines from a cor­ner.

It was al­most two after 13 min­utes when Mitchell Pin­nock wrig­gled into space and thumped an ef­fort against the bar.

Down the other end Liam Kelly’s ef­fort was well tipped over by Aaron Rams­dale.

And Kelly fluffed his lines when he fired over from seven yards just be­fore the break. Coven­try’s pres­sure told on the hour when Liam Thomas nes­tled a de­flected ef­fort into the bot­tom cor­ner through a crowded box. Thomas was al­most the late hero 11 min­utes from time when his ef­fort whis­tled past the post. Andy Bar­cham missed a late chance to nick it for the base­ment boys when he was de­nied by Burge.

PIC­TURE: PA Images

POINT SAVER: Coven­try’s Luke Thomas scores their equaliser

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