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Boss wants to hold on to winning feeling

29 September 2012

City boss gives his assessment on the Sky Blues' late win over Oldham at Boundary Park

Coventry City boss Mark Robins wants the Sky Blues to hold onto the winning feeling after they picked up their first three points of the season with a late win away to Oldham Athletic.

Cody McDonald came off the bench in the second half to steer home a 90th minute winner at Boundary Park and Robins said although he was not overly impressed with the poerformance, he was delighted with the win.

"It's a great result for us and a great reward for our supporters but in truth it was a poor game although I don;t think it makes any difference. We needed a win regardless of performance and we got a clean sheet and a goal so I'll take it all day long," Robins said.

"We had to grind it out. It was an ugly game, a tale of lost possession and chasing the ball and there was no real rhythm but it's three points and it's the first time I've heard the boys talking collectively in the dressing room so I'll definitely take the result.

Robins stuck with the 4-5-1 formation he took to the Capital One Cup defeat at Arsenal in midweek, saying he hoped to recapture some of the periods of play his side showed at the Emirates.

"We kept with it because we played some really good stuff at times in midweek and I wanted that to carry on. The system meant I had no place for Callum Ball under the five loan players rule and I regretted it more as the game went on because we looked like we could've been the architects of our own downfall.

"I switched it to the 4-4-2 straight away in the second half and brought Cody on because we weren't passing the ball very well which meant there was no need for that extra midfielder and Cody can always get us a goal which he did so I'm delighted for him.

"We needed a win as soon as we could and feel that winning feeling and now that we've got it we've got to hold onto it."

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