20th Sep, 2018

Robins: 'This is what everyone has been waiting for' - Sky Blues prepare for opening League Two clash

FOOTBALL: A STALEMATE draw and narrow win resulted from the Sky Blues’ final two pre-season fixtures before the season proper gets underway this Saturday.

Coventry will face Notts County at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday following a mixed pre-season on homeland and in mainland Europe.

But boss Mark Robins admits pre-season is about ‘learning your strengths’ and ‘finding what your attributes are’.

He said after Sunday’s 2-1 win against Nuneaton: “As these players play together more often they will grow a knowledge of each other’s game and hopefully the chances that come along will be converted.

“We have come through with a win but what is important now is what we do in the upcoming week ahead of Notts County.”

Robins, a former striker at Manchester United, said he believes every player is looking forward to this weekend’s opening League Two fixture.

He said: “It’s this weekend that matters and there is a sense this is what everyone has been waiting for.

“I expected a bit of tempo in our game against Liverpool but we did not get it and Sunday’s game was very similar to that.

“Maybe it’s because everyone’s thoughts are on next weekend.”

The Sky Blues have been quiet in front of goal throughout pre-season but the manager was delighted to see a more positive performance in front of goal this time out.

“There was a couple of really good goals here today,” said Robins.

“I thought Nuneaton’s goal was a great goal and Jodi’s was a really good finish.

“Stuart (Beavon) has worked hard and has looked sharp up top.

“Jordan Ponticelli was unlucky today, especially when he hit the bar – in fact he hit everything except the back of the net.

“He has certainly put himself in my thoughts without a shadow of a doubt so his performance was only good news to me.”

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