16th Dec, 2018

We must do better, says Coventry City boss Robins

Craig Gibbons 22nd Nov, 2018

BOSS Mark Robins has called on Coventry City to be more clinical in front of goal ahead of Friday night’s home clash against promotion hopefuls Peterborough.

The Sky Blues’ six-game unbeaten run was brought to an end by Burton Albion last Saturday, with Tom Bayliss’ own goal proving to be the difference after a frantic affair at the Pirelli Stadium.

Robins expressed his disappointment with some aspects of the afternoon and was left frustrated with a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and is hoping for better fortunes when Peterborough visit the Ricoh Arena.

“We created bits and pieces but nothing like we did in the first half and we also made some poor choices of where we pass the ball,” he said.

“Instead of going down the line you’ve got to go out the other side and create problems for them.

“Once you’ve done your defensive work and contained you need to break away and go up the field and cause them problems.”

The Sky Blues boss also had some qualms with the nature of the own goal.

“Just looking at the positions we were in, we were about half a yard too close to the ball, but that’s nitpicking as it was a good ball in,” he added.

“The game, though, wasn’t finished there and that was the disappointment.

“We made changes and the players didn’t have enough thought.”

Burton were relegated from the Championship last season and Robins said he could see the difference in the side which had played second tier football for two years.

“Burton are a really good team and they moved the ball really well,” he said.

“They moved us around well, more than any other team has done so far this season and put us under a lot of pressure.

“They have some good quality in their team having just come down from the Championship.

“They’ve had two years in the Championship so they’re further away than some of ours are.

“That’s some of the things of where we’ve got to get to but we’ve also got to go and press which would put them under pressure.”

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