23rd Mar, 2019

Sky Blues must be fearless says Robins

Ben Tyler 9th Jan, 2019 Updated: 9th Jan, 2019

MANAGER Mark Robins urged his players to get back to winning ways following Coventry’s 2-1 defeat to Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on Saturday – a result which sees the Sky Blues lose ground on the play-off places.

A seven-minute spell where two goals were conceded proved costly, despite Conor Chaplin pulling a goal back with 12 minutes left to play, but the damage had already been done as their three-match winning streak came to a premature end.Robins pointed out a drop in the standard of his side that allowed Scunthorpe to take advantage during an off-day for City.

“I felt that it was a fairly even game, without us getting to the performance levels that we have had lately,” he admitted.

“After we conceded we looked like we were going to get back into the game. I was thinking that if we got one, then they would drop and we started to build pressure on them.

“But then it is frustrating because we are not making the right decisions.”

Jordy Hiwula had a golden opportunity at 0-0 in the first half to put his side in front, but could only fire wide from 15 yards, whilst Lee Burge denied George Thomas from the same distance with a superb low stop to keep Coventry level.

And despite the hosts edging the share of possession and looking threatening going forward, it was the Sky Blues who went closest through Luke Thomas whose touch past a defender from a short corner gained him the space to lash goalwards, but his shot brushed the goal frame.

An agonising deflection made a routine save for Burge all but impossible to keep out as James Perch’s effort rolled into Coventry’s net with the keeper wrong-footed, but there was to be no excusing the space allowed to Levi Sutton, who capitalised to swerve an effort inside the post.

Chaplin was alive to head home a rebound from Tom Bayliss’ deflected strike that was touched on to the bar, but the Iron defensive line stood resolute to see out the victory.

Robins vowed that results such as Saturday’s defeat will benefit his side in the long-run.

“There are some good things within our make-up, within the team and within our play. We just have to make sure that we learn from this,” he said.

“We need to go into games with no fear – absolutely no fear. My players need to just go out there and play their game.”

Sky Blues will hope a home game against AFC Wimbledon at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday (3pm) will be the remedy to get themselves back into winning form, with the visitors lying bottom of League One.

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