Robins praises both ‘keepers in narrow defeat
Mark Robins praised the performances of Alex Smithies and Kasper Schmeichel following his side’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester.
Both ‘keepers made important and technically superb saves to keep their teams alive, in a game which could have quite easily finished 4-4.
Schmeichel made the most telling save at the death when he flung himself to his left to tip Duane Holmes’ deflected effort around the post.
“The goalkeepers were on top today and Schmeichel’s save at the end of the game to deny Duane was top quality,” said Mark.
“The game was far too open, but it was a good game to watch,” he continued. “We were unlucky not to pick up any points today and I thought that there were a number of good individual performances.
“There were just one or two elements that we were short of in the first half and we knew that if we got a goal in the second, we would put them on the back foot. Sadly, we lost James (Vaughan) just at the point when we were applying pressure.”
Town had a good number of chances to score throughout the game with both Danny Ward and Vaughan seeing one-on-one efforts well saved.
“We weren't too far away from Leicester today, but it is about belief,” Mark said. “We need to believe that we can beat the big teams in the league because we are good enough. I am proud of the players because they are passing the ball and it looks attractive. We need to start picking up points at places like Leicester, though.
“We didn’t deal with their counter attacking ability well enough and they scored from one early in the game and then the set-piece was a hammer blow going in at half-time. We did create a couple of good chances in the first half, though, and at times passed the ball really well. We would have been good value for a point today; we were unfortunate.”
On the incident that saw Vaughan red carded, Mark said:
“An elbow has been thrown by their defender on James and he felt aggrieved by that, but his reaction wasn't good. If there were red cards from that incident, there should have been two shown. It was a shame to lose him and now he will miss some big games for us. We will have to take it on the chin.”