18th Sep, 2018

Robins questions City's decision making following Forest Green loss

FOOTBALL: COVENTRY City boss Mark Robins questioned his side’s decision making following frustrating a one-goal defeat to Forest Green Rovers.

It was the Sky Blues’ first league defeat at the Ricoh Arena since August as Marsh-Brown’s first-half strike proved to be enough for the visitors, who were promoted from the National League last season.

Marsh-Brown’s long distance strike caught City keeper Lee Burge off guard and trickled into the back of his net, only the eighth league goal the Sky Blues have conceded this season.

The loss drops Coventry out of the play-off race as Stevenage replace the Sky Blues in seventh.

After the match, Robins said he was ‘disappointed’ and ‘frustrated’ with his side’s performance.

He added: “We created a lot of opportunities to score and we have not done it.

“It is a concern. We are going through a difficult week. We had a poor game on Saturday and a poor result tonight (Tuesday).

“We took too long to get our first shot on goal and then we become really anxious.

“We were looking to get efforts on goal as early as possible and we did not do that.

“Then there were some snapshots and we had to force things. That led to poor decision making.

“You have to work hard, but relax. We were trying to score the perfect goal by the looks of it.”

Marsh-Brown’s strike was only the second league goal scored at the Ricoh this season.

Despite movement in the air after the ball was struck, Robins said his side should’ve handled the situation.

“It (the goal) made everything difficult for ourselves,” said Robins.

“I cannot fault the workrate and the effort, but I can fault the decision making and the hurried passes.

“We need to be calm. It is time to look at things and it is time to work.”

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