26th May, 2019

Robins delighted with gritty Sky Blues amid off-field problems

Ben Tyler 27th Feb, 2019

SKY BLUES boss Mark Robins was delighted by the fighting spirit of his side after they fought back from going behind early in the game to claim a 1-1 draw away to leaders Luton Town.

Jordan Shipley drew Coventry level after Matty Pearson’s opener for the hosts and Robins felt his side were good value for the draw, despite conceding a goal he feels could have been avoided.

“We conceded a really rubbish goal, we’ve been working on drills for hours like that, but we still conceded it, it shouldn’t have come to it,” he said.

“’Lee Burge should’ve saved it, fortunately he made amends right at the death to keep us in it and pick up the point in the end as it was their last chance.

‘’Luton are a really good side, it took us a while to get used to it and get our foot into it, but once we did get our foot into it we looked good too and caused a threat.

‘’Luton is a really hard place to come and it was a hard-earned point, it’s the first time this season they’ve dropped points after scoring the first goal, so that’s very pleasing for us.”

Robins reflected on a hard week for the club off the field and finds value in a positive result on the pitch to subdue the uncertainty over the club’s future.

“It was important for us to get a goal back. After the news we’ve had it’s vital we keep going, keep getting the results and for the supporters to keep cheering on the players too.

“It will all give us a chance.”

Pearson’s header inside the opening quarter of an hour gave the Hatters the lead, but a storming run by Jordy Hiwula led to him pulling the ball back for Shipley to slot home the equaliser.

Luton applied real pressure to the visitors after the goal, resuming their dominance of proceedings after the break and going close to regaining the lead when Sonny Bradley’s effort was cleared off the line.

Coventry’s well-organised defence held firm in the face of Luton’s attacks and the hosts were unable to break through thanks to a string of notable saves from Burge at the death.

Sky Blues head to Accrington Stanley this Saturday (3pm) against John Coleman’s 15th-placed side.

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