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'Win epitomised by McSheffrey effort'

8 December 2012

Mark Robins praises Gary McSheffrey after a 5-1 win over Walsall...

Coventry City manager Mark Robins has praised midfielder Gary McSheffrey after his side’s 5-1 win over Walsall.

The Sky Blues put the Saddlers to the sword with a brace from Carl Baker and David McGoldrick, and a second-half Cyrus Christie goal.

City had to come back from behind due to an early own goal from Blair Adams and Robins praised his side’s resilience and spirit.

The City boss said: “A brilliant day at the office. Apart from the first 20 minutes where I thought we were a bit slow out of the blocks.

“We gave them the goal and that sparred us into life. From that point onwards, I thought we were in complete control and we were excellent. 

“We scored some great goals and created even more chances so overall, it is the complete performance. To come back from behind to win just shows the progression the players have made over the recent weeks.

“The important thing today was the three points. It is a massive three points and we have really begun to create some form which increases the confidence levels throughout the side.”

The win over the Saddlers is the first time since January 2009 that City has come back from behind to win a game at the Ricoh Arena.

It is only Coventry’s third home league victory this season but Robins believes there are many more to come after the 5-1 win.

He added: “To score five goals at home in front of our supporters was the most important thing. They are hungry for success and to see their side win, which they haven’t seen enough of this season.

“The players responded to the crowd and you could see in their eyes that they were hungry to get the win as well. We have to come into each home game with that attitude and desire to get the three points.

“If we can produce that sort of performance here on a regular basis, then there will be more home wins.

“When we are not allowed to pass the ball like we want to, we have to work to get on the ball. We did exactly that today and I thought that was epitomised by Gary McSheffrey.

“He always made it difficult for them to play balls up from the back and always chased and hassled. That was exactly what we needed and you saw the ovation he got at the end because the supporters really appreciate that.” 

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