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There are no excuses - Robins

24 October 2012

The City boss wants to see vast improvements in the coming weeks...

Coventry City manager Mark Robins has told his players there are ‘no excuses’ for the 2-1 loss at Brentford.

David McGoldrick put Coventry in front early on with his seventh goal in just 14 appearances for the Sky Blues. However, City were pegged back before the break after Harry Forrester slotted home and the hosts stole all three points in injury time when Forrester netted from the penalty spot.

This was Robins’ first defeat away from home with Coventry and he said after the game the players must improve over the entire 90 minutes.

The City boss said: “We just keep making the same elementary mistakes. We keep saying we have got a young squad but there can be no excuses from us at the moment.

“We will be in dire straits if they don’t begin to learn from their mistakes. Nobody wants it to be like that and things can change quickly so we mustn’t get carried away with defeat. 

“At the end of the day, we have to start picking points up because we are in the bottom four and that isn’t good enough.

“We lost the game because of our lack of ability to perform consistently over the entire 90 minutes. We started the game well and had sporadic spells during the second half. 

“But for the most part, we kept giving the ball away which you can’t do. They get a bit of quick feet at the end and they nick it when it looked like we could have done that.

“They are the breaks at the moment but I have got to take this on the chin.”

Coventry take another trip to the capital on Saturday to face Leyton Orient looking to arrest the recent form of two consecutive defeats. 

Robins added that Coventry must get stronger in ‘scrappy affairs’ and battle for the points.

He commented: “I don’t enjoy that, and I’m sure it is something the supporters don’t enjoy. We started off brightly and got our noses in front as well.

“It looked like early on the impetus was with us but it seems like there is a trigger point in the game when we give them the opportunity and it collectively melts us down.

“We gave them a poor goal back before half-time and it was a scrappy affair after that. That is something we have to be ready for.

“John Fleck’s shot could have won us the game late on but we just didn’t do enough. We are not doing enough in games and we seem to implode during games.

“It must improve as we have to make sure we are picking up points from the position we were in tonight.”

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