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'I couldn't believe how many travelled'

21 November 2012

Mark Robins believes the turn in fortunes is down to the incredible away support...

Coventry City manager Mark Robins believes his side's brilliant away support was the reason they secured a 3-1 victory over Colchester United.

The Sky Blues were fresh from their 5-0 win at Hartlepool at the weekend and the confidence the side gained from that result was evident as City raced into a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to goals from Franck Moussa and William Edjenguele.

Tom Eastman pulled a goal back from the home side but Robins' team secured the points and their third consecutive away win through David McGoldrick's coolly placed finish in the 87th minute.

A magnificent 408 City fans travelled down to the Weston Homes Community Stadium to see the victory and Robins has thanked them for being the secret behind the Sky Blues' success.

The City boss said: "I honestly can't believe the amount of away support who came to the game tonight, especially after the weekend's long trip to Hartlepool.

"The noise they generate really drives the team on. It was just fantastic to see that and to hear that. They were right behind the team from the start and kept behind the team when they pulled a goal back.

"That has made us pick up another three points which now gives us a great platform and I think that is the first time this season that it has happened.

"We got a lot of home games coming up now and we are really looking forward to putting that kind of performance in, but in front of our home supporters now.

"The away support has seen how well they can play and now we want to home support to see that as well."

The result at Colchester saw Robins' claim his eighth win as Coventry City manager going into the Portsmouth game at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

McGoldrick surpassed Clarrie Bourton's record by scoring in his straight sixth away game, a record which has stood for 81 years.

Robins' lauded his goal but also paid credit to his part in City's first goal which was turned in by Moussa.

He said: "The first goal was a great team goal. I thought the passing was magnificent and David (McGoldrick) played a great role in that with his ball to Gary (McSheffrey) to set up Franck (Moussa).

"The execution of that goal was first class. It is really pleasing because that is what we have been working on day in, day out.

"The third goal obviously sealed the win and it was great to get the points. We are desperate to win games but we want to do it in the right way as well.

"Sometimes this season, we have looked like we could drop into the mire. But we were better, and the confidence we gained from Saturday obviously carried over.

"I think before he put the third goal away, you could sense the tension with our supporters and on the bench. But when it hit the back of the net, you could feel the release of excitement."

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