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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Luton Defeat

The Sky Blues suffer defeat against Luton...

15 December 2018

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins was left feeling disappointed following his side’s defeat to Luton Town at the Ricoh Arena.

A consolation from Jonson Clarke-Harris wasn’t enough, as goals from Matty Pearson and James Collins secured all three points for the visitors.

The result see’s City drop to 13th in League One, but the manager believes that his team wrongly had a goal not given in the first half.

He said: “The first half we’ve had a goal not given which was over the line by a yard, so we can look at that and think we were a bit unlucky, but we weren’t unlucky today we got beat by the better team.

“I’ve seen it on the video, the keeper has fallen in the back of the goal and it’s landed in his lap over the line by a yard. To my knowledge, that’s a goal.

“One-nil up changes the dynamic of any game, we were ok but not great. Too many performed under par and I think that the weather had an impact on everybody.”

Despite that, Robins believes that it wasn’t the reason as to why his side lost and believes that the Sky Blues need to start converting their chances if they want to get back to winning ways.

“We’re conceding goals, not scoring enough.” He said.

“You’ve got chances there to go and put them to bed and give ourselves a really decent position and decent platform, but we’re not doing that at the moment. There’s plenty to work on, but if you talk about where we might be in the league at this stage of the season, I think one or two might be happier than we are at the moment.”

The manager was also full of praise for the visitors and believes that the Hatters will be challenging for promotion come the end of the season.

“They’re a good side, they’ve got competent players in every position.

“They’re also playing a decent brand of football, for instance, first touch takes them beyond our lines. They get beyond you, they get runners, they’ve got powerful players, they’ve got strikers that when they get in the penalty area, they show no mercy and they hit the back of the net, which is where we have to get to.

“To play against a diamond, which is what they play in, you have to get players in the right positions. What they do out of possession is phenomenal because the work rate is really high and that’s a sign of a team that’ll be at the top of the division.”

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