Players have a lot to prove - Robins

Sat 10 Nov 2012
Author: Kieran Crowley

Image by :

Mark Robins demoans his side's 2-1 defeat to Scunthorpe...

Coventry City manager Mark Robins was left ruing his side’s missed chances after the Sky Blues lost 2-1 against Scunthorpe at the Ricoh Arena.

City took the lead when Baker smashed City in front with a free kick after 35 minutes but Scunthorpe striker Leon Clarke levelled with a much-debated spot kick before half-time.

Clarke went on to win the game for the away side in the 76th minute when he slotted home past Joe Murphy and Robins wasn’t happy after the full-time whistle.

The City boss said: “That game seems symptomatic of what we do at the moment. We did brilliantly on Tuesday night with a great win and could have followed that up today with another result.

“But that wasn’t the case and that is not good enough. We have to remedy that as we are capable of going on good runs where we picking up points weekly.

“That is the thing which is going to take a little bit of time and it is frustrating. That mentality is still being instilled into the players.

“I wasn’t happy with the way we started at all and it seemed like the third game in the week had caught up with us.

“We were geared towards being at the top of our game as we had put in a lot of work in for the match but that wasn’t shown out on the pitch.”

The loss to Brian Law’s Scunthorpe side means that City failed to record their third straight victory in League One.

The Sky Blues travel to Hartlepool next week and Robins wants his players to show the desire to improve for the club.

He continued: “There was no tempo for our play and it was too flat for many periods. There is some decent play out there but it is amongst a lot of ordinary play as well.

“They have come and nicked the points out of our pockets and I am not happy about that. It needs to be better and it needs to be better quickly.

“Without a shadow or a doubt, we are capable of better and capable of going on long runs in this league. That makes it even more frustrating for us.

“We have had some great chances saved right at the very end and looked like we could have got a point but it wasn’t good enough.

“We have to prove we are good enough and we have to show a determination to improve.” 

    Related Articles

    • TEAM NEWS: Coventry City v Northampton Town - Defender Jordan Turnbull returns to the Sky Blues starting XI

      TEAM NEWS: Coventry City v... 17 mins ago
      Marvin Sordell returns to lead the line for the Sky Blues, while forward Jodi Jones is available from the bench...

    • “You don’t curl up and accept it; you prepare for the next game and aim to put it right.” Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

      “You don’t curl up and accept... 54 mins ago
      Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray is hoping for a reaction this afternoon after Tuesday’s midweek defeat in the EFL Cup...

    • THE WALL: Coventry City v Northampton Town - Don't miss a moment of the 2016/17 League One season!

      THE WALL: Coventry City v... 1 hours 12 mins ago
      Not able to make it down to the Ricoh Arena today? Don't worry, follow all of our kick-by-kick commentary on the CCFC Wall here!

    • “As a professional you take pride in what you do. Nobody wants to get beaten so you work to change that.” - Coventry City’s Chris McCann

      “As a professional you take... 1 hours 19 mins ago
      City take on Northampton in League One duty as they make a bid for their first three points of the season...

    • SIGNING: Coventry City can confirm the signing of Gael Bigirimana from Championship side Newcastle United

      SIGNING: Coventry City can... 21 hours 27 mins ago
      The Sky Blues make Gael Bigirimana their latest summer recruit as he joins from the Magpies on a one-year deal...

    • INJURY NEWS: “Just having Jodi and Marvin on the training pitch gives everyone a lift.” - Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

      INJURY NEWS: “Just having... 23 hours 3 mins ago
      Some of the Sky Blues squad are nearing a return to fitness, while the manager gives an update on the status of Andy Rose's injury...