Coventry City manager Andy Thorn believes his side were denied a 'blatant' penalty during the second half during yesterday's 2012-13 League One opener against Yeovil Town. The Sky Blues had to settle for a point, but were upset by an incident that saw Glovers defender Byron Webster and Coventry goalscorer Cody McDonald tangle inside the box. Referee David Phillips chose to wave away the visitors protests - a key moment in the game, given that it was finely balanced on a 1-1 scoreline.
McDonald also missed a late chance to win the match when he fired over the crossbar during second half injury time, and Thorn felt that both incidents were key moments that stopped them from gaining three points:
"Cody McDonald could have had a hat-trick. He was pulled down for a penalty and on another day you never know. We created enough chances to win the game. I've seen it on the video and it's a blatant penalty, but we're pleased to get the season underway."
Like Glovers boss Gary Johnson, Thorn felt that there was room for improvement in his side's game, and that with the match being the opening League One fixture of the season that both sides were edgy in their play at times:
"The first half was a typical first game of the season where everyone was a bit on the edge, and the occasion got to us. When we scored I thought we settled down, but we are very disappointed with the goal we conceded. I didn't think we really played at the top of our game, but still created lots of chances, so that's encouraging. It's a point away from home on the first day of the season against a tough team. Now we need to kick on."
Link: Gary's Verdict On The Coventry City Game.
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