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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on City's 1-1 draw with Newport County

Max Biamou's late goal earned a point for the Sky Blues...

30 March 2018

Manager Mark Robins described Lee Burge’s stunning second-half save as: “out of this world”, after Max Biamou’s late goal earned City a point away at Newport County.

The Sky Blues remain sixth in SkyBet League Two and have extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

“This is a good point,” said Robins.

“Newport have a way of playing that puts you under pressure. They make you work and they make you graft by putting the ball in the box at every opportunity. It is about how you deal with it and defend against it.

“Mostly, we did okay. We let one real chance hurt us when their centre-half got in and scored which is poor from our point of view – then Burge’s save was out of this world. After that we had one blocked on the line and we were under the cosh a little bit.

“The changes we made helped. We were not creating enough, and they gave us a little more life.

“When you are not playing at your best or your opponent is not letting you play at your best you need to make sure you do not lose the game. This is a really good point.”

Max Biamou’s fourth Coventry goal was enough to give Robins’ side a hard-fought point at Rodney Parade and the Frenchman took his opportunity to fire home first time from Kyel Reid’s searching cross.

“Jonson Clarke-Harris’ form has allowed Max a breather. He has been finishing like that in training. He was composed, he kept it down and it was a really good finish.

“It was what we deserved. We battled away, and we had the better of the second half, really.”

He added: “Momentum is important at this stage of the season. We have a big game coming up on Monday against Yeovil - which is good because we can keep this run going.

“If Monday turns into three points, and Yeovil haven’t played today after a postponement, then it will be today’s point that has kept us in fine form. We will now regroup and go again on Monday.”


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