18th Oct, 2019

Robins buoyed by Burton display

Ben Tyler 16th Sep, 2019

MANAGER Mark Robins hailed his Sky Blues side for battling their way to a hard-fought point away to Burton Albion on Saturday.

A 0-0 stalemate was how it ended at the Pirelli Stadium, with both sides having chances to break the deadlock throughout, though the result was enough to keep Coventry unbeaten and put them top of the League One table on 16 points.

Robins was pleased with the response from his players after the half-time interval, and can see the progression of his side from the opening games of the season.

“There were a lot of poor decisions made from us and from them, some unforced but most were under pressure because both teams have tried to press,” he said.

“We couldn’t get out in the first half, so we reminded the lads of what we had worked on and we were much better in the second half.

“There is still a long way to go for us and the good thing is we did get a little more of a foothold in the second half, and that was something that was missing a few games ago.”

One facet of the result that filled the Coventry City manager with confidence was coming away unscathed in one of the toughest away trips in the division, with Robins adding: “It was always going to be a difficult game and one of the biggest tests we will have this year, so to get a clean sheet way from home is generally really good when we have not played as well as we can.

“Second half was more like a basketball game, it was end to end, there were some good efforts and good football played from both teams.”

Looking ahead to Tuesday night’s (7.45pm) clash with AFC Wimbledon at St Andrew’s, Robins is wary of keeping his squad fresh for a meeting with a side still searching for their first win.

“We have to recover well for Tuesday night because both sides tired visibly in the second half, conditions were warm and there has been a lot of games in the first six weeks of the season but I am looking forward to the game.”

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