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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on City's 2-1 win at the Ricoh

The Sky Blues' manager talks after a good afternoon in SkyBet League Two...

16 December 2017

Mark Robins' side have beaten Cheltennham Town 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena thanks to goals from Tom Bayliss and Marc McNulty.

Mohamed Eisa drew level for the visitors just before half time but the Sky Blues fought back to take all three points during an action packed afternoon at the Ricoh.

"I think we deserved that," said Robins.

"We started brightly. I thought it was too open for my liking in the first half. It was probably a decent game for neutrals.

"Tom Bayliss gets a goal on his first start. That settled his game down a little bit. He has taken everything in his stride and he was excellent again today.

"He is a good player and he is going to be a good player. I just told him that he needs to keep his feet on the ground. I'll be reading his post match interview so I have told him not to say anything," he said with a laugh.

"He was over the moon. His mum was nervous and his dad was delighted. It is the first of many. He is a talent.

"We managed to get two really good goals and ended up seeing them off. So I am happy."

Bayliss was one of three changes after last week's defeat to Morecambe, with Peter Vincenti and Chris Stokes both returning to the starting eleven. 

"We have lost a lot of key players through injury. I had a feeling that we were getting a little predictable. 

"In the first half, if we had been a little calmer then we could have been better. We would have controlled the game.

"They were a good side. Eisa for them was a bright spark. We were too wide at parts because of their runs. They were quite clever.

"The changes before the game were important, but so were the changes during."

"Nazon's assist was spectacular. He gives me somthing everytime I use him.

"McNulty's control was great. Their keeper hesitated and he lifted it over him. 

"He is a really talented player. His first touch, his close control and his finishing are all better than this level. The supporters will grow to love him without a doubt."

He added: "Today was a challenging game. Last week was a challenging game. Morecambe were outstanding last week and today they have gone away and lost to Barnet. Teams step up aganst us and we have to deal with it.

"Three points today. If we can get another three points at the halfway point agaisnt Wycombe, they we will really look forward to the second half of the season."


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