22nd Jul, 2019

"We've given ourselves a chance" says Robins after Coventry go seventh

Ben Tyler 19th Mar, 2019

SKY BLUES boss Mark Robins lauded the performance of his Coventry City side as they leapfrogged play-off rivals Peterborough United into seventh, one point off Doncaster.

Amadou Bakayoko and Bright Enobakhare goals either side of the break won it at the ABAX Stadium, and although Coventry conceded a last-gasp consolation, Robins was left reeling with the win.

“The two goals today from us were outstanding.

“We could’ve had a few more, but let’s not be greedy it’s three points, we move on and we are giving ourselves a chance.

“We’re a point off Doncaster now, who have a game in hand, but there’s plenty of football still to play.”

Robins also felt his side handled the threat that Peterborough caused and managed the game well.

“It was a tough game because they’re a good team and they started really brightly.

“I know Darren [Ferguson] well, he likes to go for the jugular, they did that again today, they try and blitz teams and gain the upper hand, but we dealt with it well.

“Burge made some good saves and then we started to get hold of the ball a bit better and establish a foothold in the game.”

The hosts started the game brightest and forced Lee Burge into action, when he had to tip away a Callum Cooke half-volley from the edge of the box.

Down the other end after a well-worked move, Brandon Mason’s cross caught drift of the wind and cannoned against the Posh crossbar and away from danger.

Burge’s heroics got better still, when he produced a stunning save to keep out Matt Godden’s acrobatic effort for the hosts.

But just before the break, Bakayoko delivered a fatal blow.

Luke Thomas collected possession, played the ball with the outside of his left boot to send the forward through on goal, and he duly dispatched into the net.

Sky Blues’ fortunes got even better after the break, when Enobakhare got himself between a defender to meet Burge’s long punt upfield and expertly nick the ball past the keeper.

Posh responded at the death in the eighth minute of stoppage time after Coventry cleared the ball from a corner, falling to Louis Reed who drove an effort through a crowd of players and into the net via a deflection.

Coventry saw out the victory, and next host 19th-placed Oxford United on Saturday (3pm).

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