30th Jun, 2022

Robins 'expected' Sky Blues' opening day performance

FOOTBALL: COVENTRY’S three goal win over Notts County on Saturday afternoon was what Mark Robins ‘expected’ following a tough pre-season build up.

Jodi Jones scooped a hat-trick while new recruits Peter Vincenti, Maxime Biamou, and Duckens Nazon chipped in with assists.

The win sets up the Sky Blues’ clash with Grimsby Town this Saturday nicely as Robins’ men look to build on a positive opening day win.

Robins said: “It (the performance) was absolutely what I expected, perhaps not on the scoreline but it was the performance I had hoped for in the build up.

“The oppositions performance was exactly what we expected, it typifies what they’re going to be like this season and they’re a good side – a side who will get more wins than losses in this division.

“They’re difficult to play against, it’s a good start for us and a great hat-trick from Jodi. He took all his goals well and he was helped out well in terms of the service he got.”

As pleased as Robins was with the performance up front, he also praised the work of his defensive unit and was delighted to see his side record a clean sheet.

“I was pleased with the clean sheet, we’ve worked really hard to earn that,” Robins said.

“The lads were magnificent and threw their bodies on the line.”

The afternoon belonged to Jones though, and Robins said the talented youngster can take League Two ‘by storm’ and grow as a player.

He said: “Jodi is a young man with a lot of talent.

“That will do him the world of good because it shows him what he is capable of.

“He took the first goal really well in a time in the game where we were on top and needed to make that count.

“Obviously in the second half the two goals he scored were the product of breakaways.”

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