25th May, 2019

Coventry City on the road after cup losses

Coventry Editorial 16th Nov, 2018

BOSS Mark Robins will be hoping Coventry City get back on track this weekend after bowing out of two cup competitions in the space of four days.

City make the trip to Burton on Saturday as they bid to climb back into the League One play-off places and extend their unbeaten league run to six games.

Robins’ side go into the game on the back of what has been a relatively disappointing weekend, having first been knocked out of the FA Cup by Walsall on Saturday before bowing out of the Football League Trophy on Tuesday night in a 2-0 defeat away at Cheltenham.

After falling 2-0 behind at Walsall, goals from Jonson Clarke-Harris and Luke Thomas brought City level only for Saddlers man Nicky Devlin to hit the winner 13 minutes from time.

Then on Tuesday, goals either side of half-time from Jacob Maddox and Will Boyle secured Cheltenham’s place in the next round of the EFL Trophy.

Speaking after the Cheltenham game, Robins said: “It’s a young team, I think the last game had an older team in and I thought it was good.

“I thought Jack Grimmer helped them through pretty well, he talked them through it.

“I think Jonny did okay, he could have done better because he’s been better in the training sessions but getting in to the first team environment is invaluable for him.

“We were talking to the U23s coaches Jason Farndon and Luke Tisdale and talking about that raw material they’ve got to work with because you can see your lads playing against a first team and you can use that to develop.”

Despite the defeat, the manager believes it was a good experience for the youngsters in the side and was pleased with how they adapted to first team football.

“For me, its been a difficult experience but a decent experience, you have to give them that game time,” he added.

“I thought the two centre halves were brilliant.

“Tyrone Barnett has given defenders plenty of problems over the years and I thought they were brilliant against him.”

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