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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Checkatrade Trophy Result

Mark Robins pleased to help with development of younger players...

7 November 2017

The Sky Blues secured a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion U21s in the final group game, with goals coming from Ben Stevenson and Max Biamou.

Manager, Mark Robins expressed his disappointment following the exit from the Checkatrade Trophy, but believes there are positives to take from his young side throughout the competition.

However, the win means that it is now three on the bounce for the Sky Blues in all competitions, following victories against Luton, Maidenhead and now West Brom U21s.

He said: “It’s been a strange one really, Walsall scored late on, although that has no bearing on what we’ve done, but that’s three wins in a row.

“We made some good movement and there was good play from us tonight, from what was a fairly young side apart from Beavon and Vincenti in the first half.

“But at the end of the day, you look at the performances as a whole and it was ok, we defended alright apart from once or two occasions, but O’Brien made some good saves, but apart from that it was ok, no complaints.

“We’ve gone out to two League One sides, who we lost to one with the final kick of the game with a free-kick, which was a bitter pill to swallow at the time, but they’re flying high at the top of League One.

The other was Walsall where we was 2-1 up and conceded a late goal, so really we only have ourselves to blame, but we can take a little heart from it overall, because we’ve been a young team and we’ve managed to get some development into some players.”

Robins handed minutes to young Sky Blues players, including handing first professional minutes to Jordon Thompson and Tom Bayliss, who came off the bench.

There was also goals for younger first team players, Ben Stevenson and Max Biamou, with the latter scoring his first goal for the club since his move from Sutton United.

Robins was happy with the performance from his players, including Stevenson, who also got an assist for Biamou’s header.

“We had a young team out today, handing debuts to Tom Bayliss and Jordon Thompson, so there are some good moments to take from the game.

“I was pleased for Ben Stevenson to get his goal, we’ve spoken about his shooting and he looked a little half-hearted with his shooting up to that.

“We’ve told him to go out there and mean it and go and do it because he has the ability to do that and he did, he went past people and put a great shot into the corner.

“I was also pleased for Max, because he’s been missing some headers as of late and been beating himself up about it and today he’s got on the end of a cross from Ben Stevenson and he’s stuck it away nicely so some positives, but were disappointed to go out the competition and we move on now.”


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