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Robins wants boys to believe

17 November 2012

City boss wants his side to believe in their ability to reproduce Hartlepool performance

Coventry City boss Mark Robins said the Sky Blues' 5-0 demolition of Hartlepool could be what his players need to start believing in themselves.

City hit five past Pool in a dominant second half with Carl Baker's brace coming alongside a 12th of the season for David McGoldrick from the spot and strikes from Franck Moussa and Adam Barton.

The win propels the Sky Blues up to 16th in the table and Robins says his team need to believe they are capable of similar performances on a more regular basis.

"I'm delighted because I thought they were excellent today, certainly in the last hour," Robins said.

"We looked a little bit laxidaisical in the first 15 or 20 minutes but the second half was a complete contrast and we showed what we are capable of.

"They are capable of doing that when they want to but they need to believe they can do it and today they showed they believed it. They came out and they executed and they gave us a really good game and the signs are really good.

"All of the players took their goals really well, we said to Franck Moussa that today could be the day he gets his first goal and he did, David McGoldrick has done it again, Carl Baker's work rate was outstanding and he produced good finishes for both of his goals and Adam Barton will finish the kind of opportunity he got today ten times out of ten.

"We've got a lot of good players here but they've got to show it like they did today."

Robins also paid tribute to the club's travelling support with nearly 600 members of the Sky Blue Army treated to all five strikes in the goal they were sat behind.

"The supporters were absolutely brilliant. They came a long way and you want to give them a performance and hopefully now they will go home as happy as we are.

"We just need to make sure this result now puts is in a good frame of mind for the game on Tuesday night at Colchester."

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