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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Charlton Result

Sky Blues battle hard to come away with all three points at The Valley...

6 October 2018

Mark Robins comes away from The Valley buoyant after an inspired substitution was pivotal in the Sky Blues picking up all three point

Amadou Bakayoko was instrumental in the Sky Blues' fight back as he scored twice late in the game to pinch all three points from the hands of Charlton Athletic.

Robins spoke on the performance of his team: "To stick in the game and then take our chances the way we did, at the end of the game, was fantastic for us and they are three really, really good points for us.

"Everybody grew in confidence, you could see it. In the first half, you could see the difference between the two teams. You look at it and think that we still have a bit to go, which we still do to get to that level.

"Jonno [Jonson Clarke-Harris] has run his socks off and put them under pressure, as well as Conor [Chaplin] but they were a little bit isolated. 

"Then you get a lift with the pace and the strength of [Amadou] Bakayoko. [Jordy] Hiwula's contribution was brilliant when he came on."

Robins indicated that his squad are on the right track but is adamant to not get carried away despite today's crucial result: "This is one step. To come here and win the game against Charlton is a big step forward, but by no means did we run away with it - You could say it was a bit of a smash and grab, and I will take that because we stayed in the game.

"But we have still got work to do with them to make it more of a regular occurrence to get those sorts of performances from people. But that should give everybody the belief.

"As soon as we scored that goal you saw [Jordan] Willis come to the fore, you saw [Lee] Burge come to the fore, you saw Tom Davies winning the ball and going through people and you saw them [Charlton Athletic] take a step back which was fantastic.

"We have got to learn from it. It is a mental game as well as a technical, tactical game. I am really, really pleased. It is a great result."

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