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"We have to build for next season" says Sky Blues manager Robins

Ben Tyler 8th May, 2019 Updated: 8th May, 2019

SKY BLUES boss Mark Robins was left disheartened by his side’s final day loss to Doncaster Rovers to sign off their 2018/19 League One campaign.

A 2-0 defeat courtesy of Kieran Sadlier and John Marquis goals in either half condemned Coventry to a losing finish at the Keepmoat Stadium, and ensured the hosts secured the final play-off place – eight points ahead of the Sky Blues in eighth.

Robins said his side did not show the level of determination that was required for all three points.

“We were toothless and we lacked that cutting edge.

“You don’t want to see it but because there’s not the same thing in the game for us as there was for them human nature sort of took over.

“It was really poor and I don’t like seeing it, but I do understand.”

He believed the match highlighted the difference between his side, and a side challenging for promotion in the play-offs.

“Basically you have to take on board what Doncaster have done to get into the play-offs, they’ve been brilliant.

“You expect your strikers to be big and powerful, look at Marquis, our lads need to look up to that as a benchmark for this division to get into that top six.

“We’re only two places away from it but miles away in terms of points, not performances.”

He surmised that Coventry’s season had ultimately been a positive one.

“Overall it has been a really good season, and we’ve got to get on with it and build for next season.”

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