24th May, 2017

Robins highlights his side's lack of fitness levels following Milton Keynes loss

COVENTRY City manager Mark Robins has said his side is not fit enough after suffering another defeat, this time to Milton Keynes Dons.

The Sky Blues put in an improved performance, though they left Buckinghamshire pointless after Stuart O’Keefe struck a top corner strike shortly after the half-time break.

Robins said his side must address things for future games.

He added: “We have to address some things and we need to create an identity and a way of playing the game rather than just hoping for the best.

“We’re not fit enough and at times it cost us.

“It’s very sad where we are. Today I thought we started off okay and ended up getting close to their box. I get the ironic cheers but we played better today, though there’s still room for improvement.

“We’re not creating many chances. The young players we have could potentially be with us next season and they’ve trying to inject some spark into the game, but we’re just not fit enough – because they haven’t worked hard enough.

“The players have a responsibility to be fit. They’ve got to work. They have young heads on young shoulders.

“We spoke in the week about the other side of our game which is being physical.

“MK Dons were more savvy today and were better at heading – we allowed that to happen.

“We need to let our opposition know we’re around them. At throw ins we were getting nudged off and dispossessed. It annoyed me.

“The more we can get into a team the better.”

Robins added Stuart Beavon was missing from today’s line-up due to fatigue, though he should be okay for Tuesday’s home game against Port Vale.