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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Accrington Result

Sky Blues' winning streak comes to an end, but the unbeaten streak continues...

3 November 2018

Mark Robins walks away happy from the draw with Accrington Stanley, following Michael Doyle's 87th-minute equaliser.

The Gaffer shared his thoughts after the Sky Blues shared the spoils with fellow high-fliers, Accrington Stanley: "I've got to be happy because that is progress for us. We lost both games against them last year."

He continued: "It would have been nice to have won, and I think we could have won.

"I think we could have gone on and snatched it, but I think a draw is probably about right, although, we have had about six chances and they have had two chances and taken one of theirs.

"[Lee] Burge has made a good save at the end, but we have not tested their 'keeper enough."

The Sky Blues have scored in the last 10 minutes of a number of games already this season, as the 48-year old acknowledges: "I would like us to score earlier as well", he joked.

But, the City manager praised the performance of his game-saving skipper, especially as the game entered its final stages: "Things were narrow, they [Accrington Stanley] were blocking things up for us and we were going wider. 

"Jodi [Jones] has got a shot off and the 'keeper has parried it out, and Michael Doyle - who I asked to stay in his slot all afternoon - came out of it, thankfully, and got a tap-in which was great.

"When you are a goal down, game plans change and things change and he has come up with a really important goal for us."

Robins did not have his full squad at his disposal today and had to make changes to accommodate, but is ultimately pleased with the performance of his team and the point gained: "When you lose two players and you have got to make changes [it's hard]. And Liam Kelly wasn't available to start.

"It has been a disjointed week - Tom Bayliss obviously got injured last Saturday, and Dujon [Sterling] was the same - and that changes it, it makes it different and we have got to play and get up to the levels, as a team, that we had been previously to that.

"Today is an outcome that I can live with, and a point more than what we got last season against Accrington Stanley." 

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