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Skipper Jim O'Brien feels Sky Blues deserved a point

Coventry Editorial 24th Mar, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SKY Blues skipper Jim O’Brien believes his side deserved something from Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Doncaster Rovers at the Ricoh Arena.

It proved to be a Legends Day to forget as the current crop of Sky Blues stars surrendered a 1-0 lead to slip to a 15th league defeat of the season.

O’Brien set up Dominic Samuel with a wonderful pass for the opener, which is something the pair had been working on in training.

And despite tasting defeat, the 27-year-old midfielder saw enough positives to be sure the club can bounce back away at Peterborough this Saturday.

He said: “It’s naive to think we can play for 90 minutes when maybe we should’ve turned them start of second-half.

“We did a lot in the first-half when we were sliding passes for runners. But in the second-half we stopped running so that was disappointing as we worked on it in the week.

“We deserved a little bit more with the chances we had, I think we were unfortunate not to be a couple of goals up.

“But to let a goal led slip at home is tough to take, they are all preventable goals, the first one we could have probably have made a tackle three or four times, myself included.

“Results say it is a struggle at home for us but we don’t feel that way. We do have to be mentally strong when teams have a little spell in the game, we’ve got to see it out as a unit but things fell apart for us. We need a response against Peterborough.”

O’Brien created the opener for Dominic Samuel but was close to being sent off in the first half which he feels did have an effect on his performance.

He added: “After my warning from the referee after my first yellow card, the manager said to me to be careful at half-time.

“I was very aware of that, we changed shape and I went out to the right but I felt in my head it took away from my game.”

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