Coventry City fell to a frustrating 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Lees scored the only goal of the game for the Owls, as they moved off the bottom of the Championship table with an important three points.
But the defeat for Coventry means that the Sky Blues are now sat 18th in the second-tier standings, and are just six points clear of the relegation zone heading into Christmas.
The Sky Blues have struggled for a consistent run of positive results, and they’ll be looking nervously over their shoulders heading into the New Year.
Speaking in a post-match press conference (quotes sourced from Yorkshire Live), Sky Blues boss Mark Robins criticised Sheffield Wednesday for the condition of the pitch, and labelled it as ‘horrific’.
“It was a really difficult game. I’m not going to make any excuses, it was a horrific pitch but we weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal.
“We created decent opportunities; they cleared one off the line, we had the ball in decent areas and didn’t make the most of it. It was tough.”
Coventry are set to return to action on Boxing Day, when they take on promotion-chasing Stoke City, in what is certain to be a tough test for Robins’ side.
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He can’t use this as an excuse.
His Coventry City side weren’t good enough to pick up three points on the day, and they were left frustrated after missing some good chances in front of goal.
Sheffield Wednesday showed much-needed fight and determination to pick up the win at Hillsborough, and Coventry will know that they’ve missed a good opportunity to pull further clear of the relegation zone.
It’s vital that Robins’ side put together a positive run of results at the earliest of opportunities, otherwise they could find themselves in the bottom three in the near future.