COVENTRY City boss Mark Robins has spoken of the difficulty of coming down quickly from a Wembley high to focus on ‘six cup finals’ in the desperate battle against the drop from League One, starting at table-topping Sheffield United tomorrow night.
Speaking at today’s press conference at Ryton training ground after the club’s first win at the national stadium in 30 years on Sunday, in the Checkatrade Trophy, he said: “I said when I started the job here that we had 12 cup finals to play. We now have six cup finals to play.
“It will interesting to see how we react post-Wembley.
“There are players that will be looking to play for their futures. Some may want to stay here, some may be looking to play elsewhere. It’s not that important to me at the moment. What’s important is they go again and give 100 per cent.
“It’s been a massive high then crashing back down to earth. There’s an important game at Sheffield United. We have to move on quickly mentally.
“They’re going for promotion and we need the points for obvious reasons.”
Asked about injuries and availability, he said: “There’s lots of fatigue. Lots of tiredness. We haven’t got a crystal ball. It’s a quick turnaround. We’ll give everybody as much time as possible.”
Robins revealed the “unlucky” midfielder Callum Reilly had pulled up in Friday’s training and had been in his plans for Wembley prior to the injury having played the previous games.
He added that Gael Bigirimana, Ruben Lameiras and Ben Stevenson had stepped in and were “outstanding” on Sunday, and that he would be looking for the same impact whoever plays at Bramall Lane.
In addition to Reilly, defender and captain Jordan Willis could miss out with injury after being substituted at Wembley. Kwame Thomas is also absent with a groin strain.
Of the Checkatrade Trophy victory in front of a record new Wembley 74,000 crowd and more than 43,000 Coventry City fans, he said: “The day was fantastic. It was a great game. We were worthy winners.
“We defended well when we needed to. There were two great goals and it was a fantastic day for everybody. It’s something you never forget.
“We got a massive high. I’m sure supporters have the same feeling.
“The scenes on Sunday were phenomenal. It makes you hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It was a fantastic day and one to be proud about looking back on as a club.”
Coventry go to Bramall Lane 13 points from safety with a game in hand on 20th placed Gillingham. Sheffield United are pushing for automatic promotion and are six points clear of second placed Bolton.