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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on victory over Crawley Town

The Sky Blues beat Crawley Town at the Checkaatrade.com Stadium...

14 April 2018

Mark Robins says his side were exceptional in seeing the game out after Jordan Pontielli’s brace saw City to a 1-2 victory over Crawley Town.

The Sky Blues took the lead early on but an early equaliser looked likely to see the game end all evn, but for Ponticelli’s curler with ten minutes to go.

“It was a decent performance today,” said Robins.

“Crawley try to play football the right way, so they were always going to be a different challenge.

“They have got some pace in their side and they can be really dangerous.

“We had to play in a slightly different way ourselves and put them under pressure. We could have been a little more clinical but the two goals from Jordan Ponticelli were outstanding.

“The first one came from an attack where we exposed the area that we want them to expose. The cut-back was great because you know that Jordan is going to be in there because he wants to score goals.

“His second goal was outstanding, and we could have been further ahead by that point.

“This is a really important win and we move onto the next one.”

The Sky Blues played a different, more fluid, system in attack against the Red Devils allowing Ponticelli a fluid role alongside Marc McNulty and Jonson Clarke-Harris in attack.

“We had to try and do something else today. I know that Jordan has to be in this side. He gave us something different, a different spearhead. It worked really well today.

“We conceded a really poor good which was a shame. Marc McNulty found himself in a really poor position that he is not familiar with, because of this system, and they got their shot away. We were far too deep.

“I did not think that we looked like we were ever really going to concede. We saw the game out. We spent the whole of added time in that far corner and we should have sealed it with a winner, but Max Biamou just slipped at the wrong moment. That was a shame.”

He added: “I am really pleased with that result. Crawley are a threat, so I am pleased.”


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