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"Brave" Coventry can learn many lessons, says Robins after Carabao Cup exit at Watford

Ben Tyler 28th Aug, 2019

MANAGER Mark Robins says his side can take plenty from their 3-0 humbling at Vicarage Road at the hands of Premier League side Watford, after Coventry City bowed out of the Carabao Cup.

Ismaila Sarr, Daryl Janmaat and Adalberto Penaranda strikes were enough to win the second round tie, handing the Sky Blues a first defeat of the season in the process.

Robins was keen to applaud the fans that made the trip down to Hertfordshire on Tuesday night, and praised his side for “brave” play out from the back.

“They we unbelievable, they never stopped, thanks to the supporters,” he said.

“Some of our new players have never seen that and they want more of it.

“We were brave, we played our game and made a few wrong decisions at times, but that’s to be expected.

“We tried, we plugged away, but with a little more belief and bravery we could have given them a few more problems.”

He believes the defeat is one that can be viewed in a positive light, and hopes his side can be better players from the experience.

“What they have to do to become a top players is to copy what they’ve seen tonight,” said Robins.

“The way they moved the ball, it’s difficult to close down because they can just pass around you.

“It’s fantastic to play against these people, to learn what it’s all about.”

Callum O’Hare was a bright spark for the Sky Blues in his first start in a Coventry shirt, drifting an effort wide of the right-hand post after venturing to the edge of the penalty area.

A defence-splitting pass from Isaac Success was key in the opener, sending Sarr through on goal to dispatch low into the far corner past Ben Wilson just before the break.

Janmaat’s net-busting strike on 56 minutes doubled the lead and effectively sealed the Hornets passage into the next round.

While Coventry toiled to find a route back into the game, they fell further behind to Penaranda’s thumping effort into the top-right corner which gave Wilson no chance and finished off the scoring.

Coventry head to Oxford United on Saturday (3pm) for their second away trip of the week.

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