FOOTBALL: MARK Robins believes his young Sky Blues side must grow up quickly following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Bradford City.
Two second half goals from Alex Jones and Jordy Hiwula handed the Bantams all three points an consigned the Sky Blues to a 20th league defeat this season.
“You can see that we’re fragile,” said Robins. You can see there’s a fragility about us and we’ve conceded twice in three minutes in the second half and not been able to respond to it.
“That’s the disappointment. I’ve said to the players in the dressing room, you’re trying to forge a career for yourselves in the game.
“There’s a lot of young players so you can understand that there are going to be certain things that they’re going to be missing, but you see what Bradford have done to us, they’ve been experienced, strong and powerful.
“It’s difficult to criticise but we have to be better, we have to try and grow up really quickly.”
The manner in which the Sky Blue conceded both goals at the beginning of the second period angered Robins.
He continued: “The two goals were poor. We’ve given one away from a corner where we’ve switched off and that’s unforgivable and then there’s one that’s got played through, crossed over and you can see just that naivety where we’ve got crossed over, ended up narrow, the ball goes to the wide player and it’s taken a deflection on it’s way in for the second.
“We didn’t look like we could get back into the game and that’s was the disappointment for me and certainly the disappointment for the players because because it’s another game were we’ve not got three points.
“When you’re playing against good teams you have to stay in the game because if you go chasing too early you get picked off.
“This has been going on for a while, the results haven’t been great for a long time – five wins this season is not good enough.
“But when you’ve got young players in the side, if they a mistake we tend to be getting punished for it and you could see that today. That’s something that’s become very clear, very quickly.
“To me it’s one of those situations where if we’re a goal down we have to find a way to get back into it and not to give the ball away too often.
“We have to have a go, we’ve got to have a go.”