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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Charlton Win

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26 December 2018

The Sky Blues ended their seven-game winless run in Sky Bet League One with a Boxing Day victory over the travelling Charlton Athletic.

Manager Mark Robins was buoyant with his team’s performance: “We were just saying, it makes a mockery of the last eight games.

“To go and beat a team like that, and also play like we did makes a mockery of that. So what we have done is said that we have got to put the wood in the door now.

“It is the second half of the season, and we have to see how many points we can pick up in this half of the season.”

Confidence is a factor that Robins had previously pointed out that needs to be improved upon within his Sky Blue squad, and says that his team played with confidence today: “Well you can build that because that has been an issue.

“Where people have started to feel a little bit of pressure or feel that they are not performing and people wanting to know why.

“But, there are no secrets here. We have got to work hard and do what they have done [today].

“They have done really well today, they have responded really well and we can get better. But if you set your stall out like that and continue to move the ball - things will get better and more fluid.

“I thought that everybody did really well today.” 

The Sky Blues dominated the visitors for the large majority of the game and this did not go unnoticed by the 49-year old: “We got a foothold - more than a foothold.

“I think that we dominated, and so much so that they changed their shape and they changed their personnel.

“I thought that we were really good value for the win. I think a draw, on the form that we were on - I think that you would have taken a draw. 

“Thankfully, we carried on, stayed on the front foot and played some nice football.

The game-winning goal came in the dying minutes from a shot that the manager has seen his players shy away from in previous games, and he praises Tom Bayliss for looking to score and win the game: “Low and behold, you have a shot and sometimes you score. 

“It is a confidence thing, turning down an opportunity to shoot. 

“What was good was that we stayed strong and stayed focussed and we continued to play football.

“We eked out another chance that we scored. We probably could have had one or two more then what we got.”


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