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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects on Southend Win

The Sky Blues pick up three points against the Shrimpers...

29 December 2018

The Sky Blues made it successive wins as they beat Southend United 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena.

A sole goal from Jordy Hiwula was enough to clinch the victory for Mark Robins’ men as they moved up to ninth in the League One table.

Speaking after the game, the manager was pleased with his sides endeavour and spirit against a tough Shrimpers side.

He said: “We played against a side today who scrapped right the way to the end, they never give up and they press and fight. We matched that, and we showed real courage today which I was really pleased with. We’ll see who the characters are now who want to fight and scrap for their place.

“When you’ve got eight minutes stoppage time and you’re one nil up, you know that they will throw caution to the wind, but we’ve got to try and control that last eight minutes if we can do. They’re going to have some attacks, but we need to make sure we’re solid.

“There are ways which we can keep possession of it and make it a less fraught finish.”

Robins also opted to hand Zain Westbrooke his first league start for the Sky Blues and the manager was pleased with the midfielder’s contribution.

“He’s a good player.” He said.

“I’ve got good players, but it’s just how I felt the game might go. I just wanted to try and get somebody in that shows composure and quality on the ball, and he has done all of those today.

“We managed to get Sam McCallum on the pitch in a difficult time, but he showed really good composure, good ability, and decent pace. He will be a great asset for us moving forward.

“Doyle came on and played a captain’s performance. All the way through, Tom Bayliss, Jono who came on, Hiwula, and Chaplin up front, they were all very good today and we just need to keep it going.”

Victory over Southend see’s City make it two wins on the spin after previously going nine games without a win in all competitions, but Robins is confident that his side can put their poor form behind them.

“We looked at it and we weren’t playing particularly poorly, but there was something that wasn’t right. It was disjointed and sometimes you need to have a changeup. We’ve done that, and it’s worked for these two games.

“Nobody is resting on their laurels, we have to make sure that we keep it going because this is a really important time of year.

“I still feel that we could have a say towards the end of the season again. With 21 games left to play it is all there to play for. We’ve got some tough games coming up both home and away, but we can look forward to those games and try and have some fun.”

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