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"We are running out of games, that is clear. A draw or a defeat is no longer good enough." - Coventry City's Mark Robins

13 March 2017

The 47-year old is looking for a reaction from his side, as City welcome the Shrimpers tomorrow evening...

Manager Mark Robins is looking ahead to his second fixture in charge of the Sky Blues, as they prepare to welcome Southend United to the Ricoh.

After defeat against Bradford City on Saturday, in which two second half goals from Alex Jones and Jordy Hiwula claimed the three points, Robins admitted they have to take out any positives heading into tomorrow night.

“In the aftermath you have to look at some of positives from the fixture, look how you can build on them and move on as quickly as you can. There were some decent passages of play, particularly in the first half,” Robins said.

“We’ve got to move on and move on quickly. with the games coming around thick and fast we’ve had little time to prepare, but we’ve done as much as we possible can to go again against Southend.

“It’s not just about ability in terms of the technical side of the game, because they’re clearly good, technical players. Some have different attributes, and some are still young finding there way into the game. It takes time.”

Tomorrow’s opposition sit one place outside of the League One play-offs, but without a win in their last three outings, including a 2-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the weekend.

“They’ve got some experience and have certainly gone for it this year. They have a number of strikers, Fortune, Simon Cox and Nile Ranger, just to name three. Theo Robinson has just signed and was at Lincoln previously.

“They’ve got some decent players, Ryan Leonard who plays in the midfield, they’ve got some good players. It is down to us and what we can do to hurt them and try and take things forwards in terms of performance,”

He added: “All one win does is give us the three points, and then we have to continue that. We are running out of games, that is clear. A draw or a defeat is no longer good enough.”

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