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"We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we have to make sure we rebuild properly and have a real go next year." - Coventry City's Mark Robins

14 April 2017

City's future is sealed with an ill-fated draw against Charlton...

Sky Blues boss forced to settle for a single point, despite pressurising the Charlton goal throughout the second-half.

Jodi Jones and George Thomas enjoyed the best share of the home side's goalmouth action, but the draw means Coventry City are resigned to League Two football next season.

Mark Robins commented: “I’m frustrated and sad. I think it was one of those days where we felt hard done by because we’ve played ever so well. The players have given me everything again and Charlton didn’t cause us too many problems.

“We’ve conceded a really poor goal from a set play, we worked a really good goal and their ‘keeper has probably been man of the match. He has made some fantastic saves from really good opportunities and that would have seen us through.

“There hasn’t been any question about the teams desire and commitment. They’ve been fantastic, there is still things that can be better but to turn it around like they have in such a short space of time is amazing."

Progress has undoubtedly been made under new Sky Blues boss Mark Robins, with his side only beaten once in their previous six fixtures, but ultimately the challenge to stay in the division was too great.

Robins added: “It’s a crying shame we have run out of games, but we’ve got to take it on the chin, it has happened. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we have to make sure we rebuild properly and have a real go next year.

“Hopefully we only touch this level and we can continue to progress, but we need to make sure we rebuild solidly so we have enough strength in depth. There is a definite amount of quality in the young players, but they need some more experience around them.

“It’s hard to take, but they can learn from this. Even though they’ll have a relegation on their CV, it is something you can learn from and make sure it never happens again.”


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