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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on City's win away at Carlisle

The Sky Blues end 2017 with a win at Carlisle...

31 December 2017

Mark Robins' side yesterday ended 2017 with 1-0 victory over Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

Marc McNulty's second half strike was enough to secure Coventry's first win on the road since November and lift the Sky Blues to fifth in SkyBet League Two, two points behind the automatic places. 

"I am so proud of the players," said Robins.

“Kelly-Evans, Bayliss and Shipley only have 15 starts between them so I was really proud of them in what was a tough game.

“We lost Jordan Willis early on and Dom Hyam came in and all credit to him, he has been patient to wait for his chance and he is a capable player. He came in and helped not just see the game out but improve us as well.

“We created a number of chances and it should have been three.

“They didn’t create a great deal and we grew in confidence. I thought Tom Bayliss was outstanding when he picked the ball up in the second half.

“The conditions were poor and the pitch difficult to play on and we dealt with it really well.

“I have seen some of the results today with Luton being thumped four at Port Vale andf there are always some strange results in the division but I am really pleased with ours today.

Injuries to Peter Vincenti and the absence of Rod McDonald, who was away to witness the birth of his baby girl, forced the Sky Blues to field a heavily changed side for the trip.

Made worse by injuries to Willis, Stuart Beavon and Duckens Nazon meaning Robins was forced to make three changes in the first 50 minutes.

"Vincenti's scans do not look good. It’s a posterior cruciate ligament injury which can be anything between eight weeks and four months. They don’t usually operate with a posterior because it’s not a total rupture or anything that serious.

“We are counting the cost of injuries because there is a game on Monday, but it’s the same for everyone and we need to pick a side to go and beat Chesterfield.

“The injuries gives players opportunities and the lads who haven’t been involved will have a chance.

“His wife has had a baby but he is also on anti-biotics for a chest infection and has a little bit of pain in his groin, so there are three things there why he didn’t travel and hopefully there may be an improvement before Monday.

“Should he not be we have got two lads who were warriors out there today and should be ready for it."

He added: “Thanks you to the supporters over the last 12 months. Stay warm and safe and come and enjoy the Sky Blues in 2018."

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