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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reacts to the Sky Blues' penalty win in the Checktrade Trophy

The manager reviews the result at the Banks's stadium...

3 October 2017

Mark Robins' side have earned an extra-point after beating Walsall on penalties in the Checkatrade Trophy...

Former City loane Dan Agyei scored the equaliser late on to send the game to spot-kicks after goals from Jordan Ponticelli and Marc McNulty looked to have gave City all three points.

"We got better second half, that's for sure", said Robins.

"The youngsters needed the game. Even Peter Vincenti needed the game beause we were running out of steam a little bit so it has done them good.

"It has given us a bit of a chance still to qualify for the knockout stages so lets see what happens when West Brom come to the Ricoh in a couple of weeks time.

"The good thing is we have scored some good goals and created a number of opportunities against League One opposition. The pleasing thing is that we created enough chances to be three goals up at half time but we find ourselves a goal down. 

"McNulty had done brilliantly well tonight. He buried his spot-kick and then he just rolled the ball square for Jordan Ponticelli to get his first goal. Which is brilliant."

Ponticelli made a name for himself last season scoring 27 goals as the under-18 side charged to the league title, and tonight he grabbed his first professional goal, right infront of the Sky Blues fans.

"It is nice for Jordan, because he is off the mark and it is nice that McNulty had seen that and linked up well.

"You saw what it meant to him. He is raw. Sometimes he is a little naive becuase he is young but I like that in him.

"Again though, the contribution from McNulty to charge through and lay that on for him was oustanding."

He added: "Jordan is brave. He wants to score and get on the end of things, and he has done that."


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