City boss delighted with three points against high-flying Tranmere
Coventry City boss Mark Robins said he was 'made up' with the three points his side took from top-of-the-table Tranmere Rovers at the Ricoh Arena.
Leon Clarke's first half strike was enough to bring the Sky Blues their first three points of the new year and bring them to within three points of the top six.
Clarke fired home from close range after 19 minutes but while Robins said he was delighted with the win, he felt at times his side gave the visitors a platform to try and get something out of the game.
"I'm made up because Tranmere have been flying this season and they've only lost four games all season," he said.
"We stuck to a good set piece routine and I'm pleased for Leon because he's missed a few chances recently and he's capable of scoring goals.
"We did more of the kind of things that I expect us to do but at times I thought we probably gave Tranmere the opportunity to attack us and it's come down to Joe Murphy making a couple of saves and a scramble to keep hold of the points but I'm still made up with the win.
"I was pleased with the way we passed it and I thought we were good value for our lead at half time but they came back in the second half and we allowed them their chances because of some lax passing and lax defending.
"We gave them the impetus at times and Joe has had to make some world class saves."
City now entertain Oldham Athletic at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday and Robins said he would ensure his players recovered properly ahead of what will be a third league tie in seven days.
"We need to recover properly now and then look forward to playing here on Saturday.
"There's nothing like playing at the Ricoh when you are coming off the back of a win and our league position at the moment is health.
"Other teams have to play catch up yet in terms of games played but hopefully we can play Oldham on Saturday and take the three points which will help us with that."