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'That's what football's about' - Robins

10 January 2013

City boss talks about the most dramatic of cup finishes as City go two games from Wembley in JPT

Coventry City boss Mark Robins praised his side's spirit and commitment after watching them earn a Johnstone's Paint Trophy are final berth in the most dramatic fashion at the Ricoh Arena.

The Sky Blues looked to be heading out of the competition, trailing 2-1 to Preston as the game headed into injury time but last-gasp goals from Carl Baker and Leon Clarke completed the most dramatic of turnarounds.

Steven Jennings gave City a first half lead but second half goals from Luke Foster and Stuart Beavon put the Lilywhites into the lead before City's dramatic comeback.

Robins said: "We didn't play very well to be honest. We coped with their aerial bombardment but they put us under pressure and stopped us playing out from the back which I wasn't happy about but we kept going.

"We took the lead and braved to get on the ball and we kept working hard which was a massive plus for us because we got that lifeline at 2-2 and kept going to get another one.

"I'm just glad the ball fell to Leon in that bit of space for the winner because he could take a touch before he tapped it in."

Robins dedicated the win to former club receptionist Michelle Ridley who passed away suddenly just before Christmas and he went on to say that the result was a prime example of what happens when you work hard.

"It's amazing if you work hard how things drop for you and we've come out on top. There's two teams left in our area of the competition in Crewe and Bradford who play next week so now we wait for the winner of that."

He also had a word for the 12,000-strong crowd who willed City on as the final moments of the game ticked by.

"You just look up and you see how much it meant to the fans because they were magnificent again for us tonight. That's what football is all about."

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