11th Aug, 2020

REACTION: Robins says his side can enjoy Wembley following hard fought win against Bristol Rovers

MARK Robins said his side can go and enjoy next week’s Checkatrade Trophy Final at Wembley after his side earned a hard fought 1-0 win against promotion hopefuls Bristol Rovers.

George Thomas’ strike 12 minutes from time earned the Sky Blues a second win in less than five days – and moved them to within one point of 23rd place Chesterfield.

The win on Tuesday night against Port Vale seemed to add some much needed confidence into the Sky Blues camp – and, although a handful of sloppy errors were made in midfield, Robins was pleased with his teams performance.

He said: “It was a deserved result and a step forward from Tuesday. The endeavour and work rate was higher.

“I’d like more quality at times but I cannot fault the effort, and it was a quality goal.

“We were fortunate to get away with situations at times, but Burge was solid in goal. We were playing against a side with momentum.

“They worked hard and we matched them.

“We’re starting to build confidence which is good to see, now we can go and enjoy next week’s final.”

Robins went on to say his side are talking to each other in a way that’s good, and said the squad are now a group working for each other.

“They’re capable of more and playing better football,” said Robins.

“They trust and believe in each other. You could see more of that today.

“I’m focussed on trying to improve the lads. The supporters are desperate to get behind us.

“Next week presents a different set of challenges. Wembley is not a place to lose and we’re playing a side another step on from today, in my opinion.

“Today there were signs we were composed on the ball. Lameiras found space and gave Beavon opportunities.

“Kwame Thomas’ injury is not as serious as first feared. Hopefully he’ll be okay for next week.”



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