Recalled keeper Arnold frustrated after narrow loss to Coventry

Steve Arnold saves Callum Wilson's penalty

Steve Arnold saves Callum Wilson's penalty - Credit: Archant

Steve Arnold was left frustrated following last night’s 1-0 defeat at Coventry City – saying that although he was on the losing side he had little to do all game.

The Stevenage goalkeeper was a surprise inclusion for Boro and made his first start for the club since August in place of Chris Day, who was dropped to the bench after 43 consecutive starts this season.

The former Wycombe Wanderers keeper conceded a headed goal from the corner in the second half, but later made a penalty save from Callum Wilson.

Yet he had very little else to do in the match and the keeper says that his side did not deserve to come away from Sixfields with no points.

“It’s frustrating after having so much of the game. They got their goal, but we had a few more chances afterwards as well,” Arnold said.

“For me coming back into the game like this the boys in front were brilliant for me. They listened well and we didn’t really have any other threats throughout the whole game which made it even more frustrating.

“We then had the penalty, and I had looked at them with Mitch [Mitchell Jones, the club’s performance analyst] so I sort of knew where he was going to go but it’s one of those things as a keeper, you either pull it off or you don’t.

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“I think we’ve got to take the positives. [Survival] is still in our hands, we’ve still got it all to do but if we dwell on it too much then we’ll make a problem out of it.

“We’ve now got to focus on Saturday [at home to Port Vale] as we’ve got that job to do.

“The recent run shows what we are capable of. We had a dodgy start to the season but we’ve shown recently that we can go on a run and get something from games.”

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