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'Whoever wants it the most, wins'

15 January 2013

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins wants his side to be at their best...

Coventry City manager Mark Robins believes whatever side ‘wants it the most’ will win when Tranmere Rovers visit the Ricoh Arena tomorrow.

The Sky Blues are eager to bounce back after consecutive league defeats against at home to Shrewsbury Town and at Carlisle United.

City lost against the league leaders earlier in the season thanks to goals from Jake Cassidy and Andy Robinson, but Robins believes City are now a different side.

The City boss said: “It is a big challenge for us and we need to get it right as we have lost two in the league on the bounce and that isn’t the standards we need.

“Some of the football we have played recently has been good and on reflection, we could have come out of the Carlisle game with the win as we missed around six chances.

“We are creating the chances but we need to be clinical and take our opportunities. It will be difficult against Tranmere as they are a very well organised team and they have brilliantly this season.

“I am happy for Ronnie Moore, who managed me when I was at Rotherham, as the side have had their best start in a long time.

“What might be important is the first goal as it gives us the attacking imputus and we have scored the first goal in plenty of games this season. That could be crucial in determining the winner between the two sides. 

“The side is completely different to the one which played Tranmere earlier in the season so they should expect a different prospect.”

In the last game Coventry played at the Ricoh Arena, they triumphed past Preston North End in the Johnstone Paint Trophy by scoring two stoppage-time goals in a 3-2 win.

Robins wants his side to bring that type of home performance into the league and has challenged his players to raise their performance levels for the match.

He added: “We are playing some really good football and we need to top that off to win the games. That is what the players need to do against Tranmere.

“We need to be at our best to get a result and I think the side who wants the result the most, will win the match.

“There are plenty of players knocking on the door to get into the side and that can only raise the performance levels of the starting XI.

“Conor Thomas, Callum Wilson and David Bell are all pushing so the players have to work hard to keep the shirt.”

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