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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on yesterday's Play-Off Final win over Exeter City

City's 3-1 Wembley victory fires them back to SkyBet League One...

29 May 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins said he felt City's victory over Exeter was written in the stars after goals from Jordan Willis, Jordan Shipley and Jack Grimmer fired Coventry back to Sky Bet League One at the first time of asking.

City dominated an at first cagey affair at Wembley Stadium before blowing their opponents away in the second half with three stunning goals, celebrated by nearly 40,000 Sky Blues fans in the London sunshine.

"That was absolutely outstanding. Phenomenal," said Robins.

"We knew that the heat would play its part. We had the advantage of watching the last two promotion finals so we knew it was going to be a game of two halves - and so it proved to be."

The first two goals came from local-born Academy graduates Willis and Shipley, following in the footsteps of Gael Bigirimana and George Thomas who fired City to Checkatrade Trophy glory last season, with Willis' strike the pick of the bunch as the 23-year-old found the far corner from 30-yards.

"The goals were excellent. The way that Jordan Willis peeled off. He turned like a striker and finished it like one too. It was outstanding.

"For the second goal, everything went our way. Shipley has found a burst of energy and done really well from McNulty's pass.

"Then we sort of knew. We knew we were on top and we knew it was going to be our day. So, when Grimmer gets the ball and bends one in with his left it felt like it was written in the stars."

Coventry supporters alone yesterday travelled in numbers larger than the entire SkyBet League One Play-Off Final attendance on Sunday afternoon, and were in fine voice throughout, even stopping in the ninth minute to remember the late great Cyrille Regis.

City's travelling support has been unrivalled this season in SkyBet League Two, something that Robins is sure will continue.

"The atmosphere today was outstanding. I am hoping everybody goes out and renews their season tickets now because they are magnificent.

"They are always behind the team and the staff. The reconnection has been so good and brilliant to see.

"This club is fantastic. This is my second time here. When I left this club it was difficult and it was the hardest professional decision I have ever had to make."

He added: "Coming back was an easy one because it was horrendous to see this club struggling last season and now we have got promoted in the way that everybody wants to do it."


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