13th Jul, 2020

Recovery key, but three points massive ahead of Pompey test - Robins

Ben Tyler 10th Feb, 2020

MARK Robins says three points against Bolton Wanderers in Saturday’s last-gasp win were priceless heading into Tuesday night’s clash with Portsmouth (7.45pm).

Maxime Biamou’s 90th-minute winner was the difference in the League One encounter at St. Andrew’s, confirming a 13th win of the season for the Sky Blues after Dennis Politic had cancelled out Amadou Bakayoko’s early opener.

The Coventry manager has talked up the importance of recovery before the midweek game, on the back of a taxing week in which his side had to play 120 minutes of football and penalties in the FA Cup fourth round replay defeat to Birmingham City.

“After last Tuesday, you are always concerned about the energy levels and if they are going to be there,” Robins said.

“To be fair, the energy levels were okay, we looked like we moved okay throughout the game.

“Again, it is a massive three points, you can’t underestimate how big a three points it is. We go into Tuesday now with the same aim, can we go and get three points against a team who are around us in the league?

“It is definitely another game we can look forward too and we need to recover well for it.”

Addressing the performance, Robins has warned his team to be more clinical with their finishing going forward, adding: “The quality was lacking a little bit and one or two had off days.

“Thankfully, we came off the back of the match with a great result which is brilliant, it is a massive three points.

“We didn’t kill them off, we had chance after chance and we just didn’t do it. We had one disallowed in the first half and they grew in confidence from that.

“Jamie Allen has had a great chance and their ‘keeper has had a great game and made save after save, but we haven’t been ruthless enough and that keeps teams in it.

“It gives them belief and they grew into it with nothing to lose.

“We have to keep going and give the supporters something to shout about and at the end you can see what it means because it was a frustrating game for everybody.”

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