Robins upset at Canaries' penalty award

Przemyslaw Placheta of Norwich City tumbles under a challenge from Ben Wilson of Coventry City to earn a penalty in Championship draw

Przemyslaw Placheta tumbled under Ben Wilson's challenge to earn Norwich City a first-half penalty in the 1-1 Championship draw against Coventry City - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Mark Robins felt a Championship point was the least Coventry City deserved after insisting Norwich City were awarded a fortunate first-half penalty. 

Mario Vrancic slotted the spot kick after Przemyslaw Placheta tumbled under keeper Ben Wilson's challenge. 

Max Biamou rescued a point for the strugglers in the 89th minute. 

“The penalty wasn’t a penalty. Ben Wilson has clearly come out and got the ball and the momentum of their player has taken him into Ben,” said Robins. “It should have been a free-kick to us, but he gave the penalty and he has to give what he sees. 

“But it was more like a foul on Ben. And it’s tough. It’s tough to take but they got on with it, carried on playing and I thought we finished the first-half strongly, we continued that in the second-half and they didn’t have a great deal of opportunities. 

"We’ve hit the post and created a good number of opportunities by getting in on goal.” 

Robins had little sympathy for Daniel Farke’s deep injury crisis that saw Norwich name only six substitutes in a bench stacked with unproven development talent. 

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First choice keeper Tim Krul and main striker Teemu Pukki were both added to the casualty list, with Emi Buendia suspended.

“They’ve got a lot of players out but they’ve still got a lot of quality in their team; they’ve got two first-teams really,” he said. “It was a hard-fought point, to come here, away from home, and pick a point up having been behind.

"The spirit and character was first class again, some of the play was good as well so I’ve got to be pleased and it keeps us ticking along. 

“They have a really good press because they have a German coach, and that’s what they do. They pride themselves on their pressing and it allows them to come down the pitch after you. 

“The goal that we scored at the end, the referee gave it a bit of time. There was a foul on Tyler Walker leading up to the goal, when Max was down on the floor. 

“It was a brilliant ball in, Tyler gets his foot to it first and Max gets up off the floor and sticks it in the net. It was what we deserved. We hit the post prior to that and we were on top for a lot of the second-half.” 

  

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