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Ball had big effect on game

6 October 2012

Sky Blues boss pleased with City's resilience and Ball's influence on win over Cherries

Coventry City manager Mark Robins has praised City's resilience after their 1-0 home win over Bournemouth.

After a poor first half, City attacked the second half with added vigour and was rewarded when Callum Ball's delightful chipped through ball found David McGoldrick who slotted home.

McGoldrick's strike secured City's first three points of the season at the Ricoh Arena and Robins lauded the effect of half-time substitute Ball.

The City boss said: "We have ground out the result and to keep a clean sheet again is always pleasing. When Joe Murphy was called upon, he dealt with everything which came his way even though he didn't have a massive amount to do.

"We dropped ourselves in the mire at times but I was pleased with the way we kept trying to pass the ball and move into space. We have to try and continue to do that as that will have a huge effect on our season.

"I saw at half-time it needed a change so I brought Callum Ball on and he did exceptionally well with his great pass for David McGoldrick which set up the goal.

"He has had a great effect on today's game. He has sprayed balls all over the place and got their defence facing towards their own goal. 

"Overall, it has been a decent second half for us. The first half was a bit pedestrian and we needed to up the tempo, and we got that in the second half."

With the three points, Coventry has now gone unbeaten for three games and has bounced out of the League One drop-zone.

City have now got seven points from nine and Robins hopes this run can continue and push the Sky Blues up the table.

He added: "The first home win of the season has been a long time coming and we really shouldn't be anywhere near the bottom end of the league.

"But we are where we are and we have to make sure we deal with it. We have to build our results gradually and two clean sheets out of our last nine gives us a real platform.

"We are three points from mid-table and our next game is at Swindon who are flying at the moment so it will be a tough test.

"We will look to work hard and look to keep our run going. They are doing as much as they can at the moment and always to do a bit more.

"They are responding to what I am asking and they deserved the win today."

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