11th Jul, 2020

"Lethal" Shipley great for Coventry - Robins

Ben Tyler 20th Jan, 2020

MARK Robins said his Coventry City team did just enough to oust Doncaster Rovers and snatch three points in their 1-0 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium at the weekend.

Jordan Shipley’s long-range effort on 26th minutes shaded the encounter in the visiting Sky Blues’ favour, extending their unbeaten league run to five games.

After a result which moved Coventry up to fourth in League One, with a game in hand on the top three above them, Robins was not coy to hide his delight.

“It’s a huge, huge three points – I can’t overstate that,” he said.

“They’ve just won three on the bounce, and this is a difficult place to come.

“They’re a good side, they’ll try and drag you around. You’ve got to understand where you need to be, but we have got it right more often than not.”

And with the winning goal being provided in emphatic fashion by Shipley, the Coventry manager says the strike came as a surprise to everyone but himself in the visiting dugout.

“Sam McCallum had made a great run down the side of him, and he chose to shoot,” said Robins.

“I’m hearing everyone behind me shout ‘slide it’.

“When he hit it and it went in the back of the net, I turned around and said ‘no, shoot’. You’ve got to encourage them to shoot because previously they’d have passed it.

“From that area of the pitch, he’s lethal. He hits the target more often than not – it’s great for him and great for us.”

Next up for Coventry is the small matter of a “home” tie in the fourth round of the FA Cup, when the tenants host their St Andrew’s landlords Birmingham City on Saturday (3pm).

The club have sold over 5,000 tickets as of the latest update on Friday, with supporters urged to head to Coventry’s ticketing website or call 0844 453 9134 to reserve their seat for the game.

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