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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reacts after defeat against Newport County

Reece Cole's strike enough to earn the visitors all three points...

19 August 2017

The Sky Blues have suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Newport County at the Ricoh Arena...

Reece Cole caught Liam O’Brien off guard midway through the second half as his speculative effort was able to bobble into the net.

Mark Robins’ side are now fourth in SkyBet League Two.

“It was disappointing and it was frustrating. The passing was not good enough and we gave the ball away far too much,” said Robins.

“We were not as good as we have been that is for sure. We have had an off day and we have go to learn from it. If you do not have an off day then you do not concede.

“We are all going to make mistakes from time to time and today we have seen one of those.

“Liam will have to learn a lesson from that because it was an easy save and he has taken his eye off it for whatever reason, whether he was trying to get on with the game or not I do not know, but he has taken his eye off the ball.

“Then they had something to cling onto so they put men behind the ball and made changes to do that. Their keeper has then pulled off two unbelievably good saves to maintain their lead.”

Tony Andreu was given his home debut for the Sky Blues and looked bright, coming close to scoring midway through the second half but for a stunning save from Joe Day between the sticks for the Exiles.

“I think it was important that we made changes and Tony Andreu coming on gave us what we needed and we were then creating chances.

“I think it is understandable that they have come. It is a cup final for them and we have to understand the mentality of the opposition. Credit to them because they have worked hard and put us on the back foot a little bit.

He added: “It is important that we learn from this and that we know that we cannot just turn up and win games. Mentally we are normally better than that.

“We are going to have these set-backs, we knew that and it has been a great start up until this so we have just got to get back to playing and back to what we are good at – and we will.”

 


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