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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins give his reaction to the 6-1 win at Cheltenham

28 April 2018

Manager Mark Robins gave his reaction to Coventry City’s 6-1 away win against Cheltenham Town on Saturday, labelling it as a ‘good day.’

A hat trick for Marc McNulty, plus strikes from Tom Bayliss, Jordan Shipley and Max Biamou gave the Sky Blues all three points, to go ahead of Lincoln City on goal difference and into 6th place in the League Two table with one game to play.

“After the energy they expended against Lincoln it was absolutely magnificent” said Robins.

“For me, they showed that desire to come back. Cheltenham are no mugs. They have taken points from Luton, Mansfield – some of the top teams – and we have demolished them. So I am less angry and a bit more happy today.”

The Sky Blues were 4-0 ahead at the interval, as Robins’ side came out of the blocks quickly.

“I thought we set out pretty well from then start, looked dangerous and we found their Achilles heel really early,” the Manager said.

“There were some good goals; Bayliss took his brilliantly, McNulty’s header was outstanding from a great ball in from Jack Grimmer, which is what I have been talking about with Jack, who has got great quality on the cross and it was great quality on the header.

“Shipley’s run from midfield to arrive in the box for his goal was outstanding and McNulty’s goal where he has chased it down and got there first and hit the goalkeeper’s shoulder and looped in was another good finish.

“We could have had a few more in the first half. We came in at the break and everything was good but on the flip side we knew they would make changes.

“They are one of the top goal scorers in the division so it was pleasing to be four up at half-time and then to come out in the second half, knowing they would get a reaction.”

City added two more goals to the half-time scoreline, with Mohamed Eisa netting for the hosts from the penalty spot.

“It took us a little time to get it sorted out but once we had done that after conceding the penalty, which was the only disappointing thing – the only real blemish on the day – we then scored two more great goals," said Robins. 

“It was a great overhead kick from Max and McNulty got his third to finish it off.”

Saturday’s results sees the Sky Blues move above Lincoln into 6th place, and needing a point in the final league game at home to Morecambe to be certain of a play-off berth.

“It was a good day because we wanted the three points, we needed the three points and we leap-frogged Lincoln and we’re happy about that going into the game next week," the Manager added.

“The lads were all looking at their phones and the results coming in but that’s fine. It’s down to us now.

“If we go and get a point or three then we’re fine.

“Morecambe makes it more interesting because they need a point as well, so it will be an interesting game.”

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