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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Scunthorpe Defeat

Gaffer gives his thoughts on opening game...

4 August 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins believes it was an encouraging performance from his side, despite defeat in the opening game against Scunthorpe.

City had took the lead early on in the second half through a Tony Andreu free-kick, but goals from Stephen Humphrys and Andy Dales secured victory for the Iron.

Speaking after the game, Robins believes his side are still not at their maximum, but their was positives to take.

“I thought it was an encouraging performance, I still think you won’t see the best of us for a few more weeks yet, we are not physically at our maximum yet.

“Physically, one or two, not everybody, were physically tired after 75 minutes and I knew that I was going to have to make changes.

“At 1-1, we tried to give ourselves a little bit of fresh legs on there to give ourselves a bit of momentum which almost payed off, but they got a goal that was, from our point of view, both goals were poor, you know staying with runners that’s all it was and the finish was fine from them.

“But we’ve created a lot of chances. Their keeper has made a point blank save at the end to keep it at 2-1.

“We hit the post a couple of times, everybody who’s been at the game today has seen the chances we’ve made and the quality of the football we’ve played for most of that game.

“I think it’s a harsh reality that we’ve come away with no points from the game, but some encouraging signs and we’ll move on to the next one, but another week to work and try and get ourselves up to top speed.”

Sky Blues created a handful of chances through the game, but were denied through the woodwork on multiple occasions, as well as some good stops from Rory Watson.

Robins admitted that City were not ruthless enough in the game and had they scored a second, things would’ve been different come full-time.

“I honestly don’t think that there was too much wrong, I honestly don’t.

“I think we’ve played some really good stuff and they’ve been under the cosh. I think at 1-0 if we’d have got the second goal, we were well on top, they would have gone.

“It could have ended up 4-0 to us and just because we haven’t been ruthless enough in taking those chances. I honestly feel that will come.

“I think that’s sharpness, I think that’s a mentality, and I think it’s a bit more work on the training ground for everybody and we won’t be far away. It’s a disappointing result to start with, but, like I say, there was a lot of encouraging signs there.”

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