Tony Mowbray - Sky Blues should have come home with all three points - The Coventry Observer

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Tony Mowbray - Sky Blues should have come home with all three points

Steve Carpenter 25th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TONY Mowbray insists his side should have taken all three points home with them on Saturday after surrendering a 2-0 lead late on at Swindon.

Goals from Romain Vincelot and Marcus Tudgay had put the Sky Blues in a comfortable position heading into the final ten minutes at the County Ground.

But when Ben Gladwin netted with six minutes to go it was all one-way traffic and a penalty in injury-time by Nicky Ajose earned the home side a share of the spoils.

“When you’re 2-0 up going into the final ten minutes, you have to go on a win the game,” said Mowbray.

“We’ve got to use it as a lesson on how to see out games. It’s hugely disappointing on the back of the first 80 minutes where we controlled the game and defended well.

“We deserved the win of course and I’m just disappointed for the fans as they should be taking the points home with them but it’s not to be.

“It feels like a defeat but it’s a point away from home so we’ve got to try and get the positives from it and move on the next one.”

The visitors perhaps slighty edged what was a fairly dull opening 45 minutes in which neither side could find a breakthrough in the pouring rain.

Joe Cole had the best chance of the half when he got himself on the end of a Ryan Ken cross from the right but Cole’s shot was cleared off the line.

After the break Henrik Ojamaa had a good chance for the hosts but skipper Sam Ricketts threw his body on the line to keep the scoreline level.

The deadlock was broken on 66 minutes through Vincelot who diverted Chris Stokes’ cross from the left.

And the visitors looked to be heading towards their fourth away win of the season when Tudgay poked home from close range after his penalty was initially saved on 81 minutes.

But Gladwin beat Reice Charles-Cook with a powerful shot and an Ajose penalty meant Mowbray’s side were made to settle for their third consecutive draw which leaves them fourth ahead of back-to-back home games against Peterborough and Barnsley.

“In reality, in the away games, we’ve drawn three on the bounce,” Mowbray added. “The positive is that we’re not losing games of course.

“Ultimately, we’ve now got to claim maximum points in our home games. We’ve got two games on the bounce now and that has to be the aim.

“Joe Cole hasn’t played a lot of football recently and we need to build up his fitness so for him to play two games in a week was always going to be a challenge. It’s important we take our time with him.”

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