Stubborn Sky Blues Make A Scotsman Angry!
The psychological difference between a narrow defeat and a draw away from home was perfectly illustrated by Coventry City at Mansfield on Saturday afternoon.
Reduced to ten men after just quarter of an hour and then going behind to a deflected free-kick, the story was written for the Sky Blues to fall to another defeat, their fourth in a row in the league, and the complete writing off of their play-off challenge.
But stubborn defending, a continuing threat in attack and a slice or two of luck saw Jonson Clarke-Harris tuck away a second-half penalty and change the mind-set completely going in to tough fixtures against Wycombe Wanderers and Lincoln City (both of whom suffered shock defeats and the conceding of four goals on Saturday).
If Mansfield manager Steve Evans criticises the referee after one of his side`s matches then the Stags have invariably failed to take three points but the Scot's post-game diatribe went beyond the norm as he added Mark Robins and Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson to Saturday`s official to target with his ire.
There's little to be said about Mr. Evans conduct, other than that it reflects poorly on his club but Robins will have enjoyed getting under his skin and taken even more pleasure from the point gained by his side as they showed that the season has not ended just yet.
He told the club website afterwards: 'It was a deserved point. We showed great battling qualities all the way through. We put some decent balls into the penalty area and we worked the ball really well down the left-hand side particularly.
'We were unfortunate not get a second, even. It was not to be, but this is a great point.'