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"We didn’t look like we would get back in the game and that’s disappointing for me and the players." - Coventry City's Mark Robins

11 March 2017

Mark Robins' shares his thoughts on his first game in charge of the Sky Blues...

The Sky Blues fell to another defeat at the Ricoh, as high-flying Bradford City continued their good run of form with a 2-0 victory.

The fixture was Mark Robins’ first game in charge of City and although he saw some positives, he felt the team needs to be able to react better when things go wrong. “We have to stay in the game,” Robins said.

“The first half was pleasing and we could have nicked a goal or two. When we get chances we have to take them. You can see there is a fragility about the side. We concede a goal five minutes into the second half and we have not been able to respond.

“If we are a goal down we have to be able to come back into the game. We didn’t look like we would get back in the game and that’s disappointing for me and the players.

“We have ten games left now and this is another game ticked of where we haven’t got three points. This is one of those instances where we have to have a go and we have to respond. We were okay in the first half, but the second half shows we have to improve quickly."

Robins also commentated on the experience on today's opposition, as the Sky Blues struggled to create chances once they went behind. Alex Jones had put the Bantams ahead, before Jordy Hiwula quickly doubled the advantage just before the hour mark.

“If you look at Bradford they have shown experience and strength and a know-how to go on and win the game. We were naive and you can see there is a fragility about the team. It’s difficult to criticise but we have to better and grow up.

“We have young players in the side and, we tend punished when they make mistakes. This has become very clear very quickly. There seems to be an apathy that we have conceded again and that’s not the reaction we’re looking for.

He added: “For me the reaction to conceding or a bad pass that we are going to put things astray, is wrong. I don’t know what has gone before but we have from now until the end of the season. 
We have to improve and be better, and thats about mentality."


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