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Robins focusing on positives

26 September 2012

City boss says Sky Blues will take lessons away from heavy cup defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates

Coventry City boss Mark Robins said he would concentrate on the positive aspects of the Sky Blues' play after their heavy Capital One Cup defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

City appeared to be in with a chance after a first half which saw the hosts lead by a single Olivier Giroud goal

Second half strikes from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrey Arshavin, Ignasi Miquel and a brace from Theo Walcott though put paid to any hopes of the Sky Blues' progression to the next round.

City were buoyed however by a penalty save from Joe Murphy and a consolation goal from sub Callum Ball.

Robins said: "I know it sounds stupid having been beaten 6-1 but I was pleased with elements of our play which will give us confidence going into the game on Saturday.

"Arsenal are outstanding and they can do that to anyone so at the end of the day despite us being low on confidence we've given a good account of ourselves and got on the scoresheet so there are some positives to take away from this.

"What I wasn't pleased about was that we allowed them to waltz through us in the second half which was a turning point in the game.

"When you can bring on the kind of talent they did with a triple substitution with 20 minutes to go it was a bit of a killer blow for us because we were dead on our feet.

"But I was pleased with the way we tried to pass the ball and tried to move it forward, howeVer there's still plenty of work to do and we will do it."

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