22nd May, 2019

Robins delighted by Sky Blues’ drubbing of Walsall

Ben Tyler 19th Feb, 2019 Updated: 20th Feb, 2019

SKY BLUES boss Mark Robins felt his side were good value for their 3-0 victory over rivals Walsall, and praised Amadou Bakayoko for ending his goal drought last Saturday.

“It was good, it’s about time really. We could have taken a couple more chances and it could have been more emphatic, but I thought it was a really good performance,” he said.

“I think it was a real first-class performance and I thought we passed the ball well. We stuck at it and we played some really good football.

“I thought Bakayoko’s performance after he scored his goal, when he got a bit of confidence, was outstanding.

“He was winning things in the air, was flicking balls on, he was getting hold of it, and he’s been really good.”

Robins stated that the striker must use his performance against Walsall as a benchmark that he can aspire to reach in future.

David Stockdale kept a second successive clean sheet, and the Coventry manager was more than happy with what he saw from the loanee goalkeeper.

“He is a goalkeeper that has a load of experience playing at a higher level. He is composed and because of that it gives everybody confidence.

“He talks, he’s vocal, and that is a goalkeeper of the next level.

“He commanded his penalty area whenever they got in the area and he did that a few times. He relieves the pressure and he comes and claims it.”

Sky Blues never looked in doubt of claiming the three points, after dominating proceedings from the start against an uninspired Walsall side – who were simply never in contention of challenging the hosts.

Coventry were patient and broke the deadlock through Bakayoko’s header on the half-hour mark, a lead which was doubled before half-time thanks to Jordy Hiwula’s sublime skill and cool finish into the corner.

The hosts chased relentlessly for a third, and they were rewarded with 15 minutes to play when Bright Enobakhare slammed home a penalty to seal all three points.

Sky Blues next visit table-topping Luton Town on Sunday (12pm), and will hope to use momentum from their recent win to cause a shock at Kenilworth Road.

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