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Robins both elated and relieved at win

19 January 2013

City boss delighted with three points but says there is still work to be done on the training ground

Coventry City boss Mark Robins said he felt both 'relieved and elated' in equal measure after watching his side pick up three points over Oldham with a last gasp winner at the Ricoh Arena.

Stephen Elliott came off the bench to put City infront on the hour, Matt Smith then grabbed an equaliser for the Latics with a minute of normal time remaining before James Bailey smashed home the winner for the Sky Blues with the last kick of the game to lift the club up to seventh in the table.

Robins said: "First half I thought we did alright but in the second half we lost our shape, pace and discipline and we know we still need to work on one or two areas.

"Obviously I was elated when James Bailey got the winner because it gave us the three points but from Oldham's point of view they will probably feel as aggrieved as we did when they got their equaliser because the draw would have felt like a defeat for us.

"That's what was disappointing about conceding from a set play with a minute on the clock because we stopped playing for their equaliser.

"Oldham came here and gave it everything they've got but I'll take the three points anyway they come."

Robins also singled out his three substitutes for their impact on the final result as well as adding that he was looking forward to a week with no evening fixture to allow his squad to take a break.

"All three substitutes contributed which is what I was pleased about. Franck Moussa laid on the chance for Bailey to score, Stephen Elliott's put one in the back of the net and Conor Thomas came on and broke up their dangerous passages of play and helped us on our way to setting up for the winner.

"I'm just a bit disappointed that we didn't learn our lesson and kept letting them win headers. We need to be better than that so this next week gives me a chance to work on some of the things that I didn't really like."

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