Sky Blues have to "kick on" ahead of top-of-the-table clash - Robins - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Sky Blues have to "kick on" ahead of top-of-the-table clash - Robins

Ben Tyler 24th Feb, 2020

MARK Robins says he is still looking for improvements from his Coventry City side despite winning a fifth game in succession in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Rochdale.

A Matt Godden strike in the 71st minute finally gave the Sky Blues some breathing space after Michael Rose had put the visitors in front after four minutes at the Crown Oil Arena.

While Aaron Wilbraham halved the deficit a minute later, Coventry had enough about them to see out their 16th win of the campaign, keeping them joint top of League One with Rotherham having played a game less.

Reflecting on a result which made it 12 league games unbeaten for City, Robins was left content with another crucial three points in challenging conditions.

“I didn’t think it was a great performance, but the conditions were tough and the pitch was bad even though they had the cover on it for a week,” he said.

“We handled that well in the first half and got ourselves in front from a set play which was a great ball in and a great header which settled any nerves there might have been.

“It was tough because there weren’t enough goalscoring opportunities, having said that we played our way into some good areas but didn’t take our chance to shoot.”

Despite stepping up their promotion push in Saturday’s encounter, the Coventry manager expressed his frustration at allowing their opponents back into the game, adding: “We didn’t get to grips with them enough, they are in a situation where they are going to throw caution to the wind, and from corners, they were leaving it one versus one at the back at times.

“We weren’t good enough in terms of getting on the ball, there was only once in the first half where we managed to get Jamie Allen in at goal instead of holding onto the ball to allow the support to arrive.

“We got the second goal which was a great finish from Matty, we thought we had won it.

“Straight away they have gone down the other end and it is a disgrace, it’s a joke of a goal and we can’t do that. Hopefully that is a kick up the backside we get and we can kick on from there because that was poor.

“It’s a brilliant three points but we have to move on from that because the games come around thick and fast in this league.”

Next up is the small matter of a clash between the top two in the division, when Coventry host Rotherham United at St. Andrew’s on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

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