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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Portsmouth Result

Sky Blues fall to defeat against visiting league leaders Portsmouth...

2 October 2018

Manager Mark Robins is left with a sour taste in his mouth following a defeat at the Ricoh at the hands of table-topping Portsmouth.

The Sky Blues went a goal behind on the stroke of half-time and came back out for the second half missing one of their first-choice centre-backs in Dominic Hyam, which left Robins disgruntled heading into the second period: "I am disappointed because we have had to change the back four around again, obviously we lost Dominic Hyam and we become really young then.

"Having said that, I thought that Jordon [Thompson] did really well up against a good player in [Ronan] Curtis and minimised their threat." 

Although the loss of Hyam had a big effect on the match, Robins is aware that there were other factors involved in the defeat: "We had a good chance and missed it, and they had a good chance and scored it. That is the difference. 

"We started to look like we were going to build a head of steam up - we made positive changes, we were moving forward and the crowd started to lift and it just fizzled out which is disappointing.

"Overall, not enough was done, not enough chances were created and the chances we did create we did not take and it proved costly."

The 48-year old was also well aware of the opposition that his Sky Blues faced and was pleased that City quelled the large majority of the visitor's attacks: "You can see why they're at the top of the league - they are very functional and have good quality up top with [Brett] Pitman and their two wide players who we kept fairly quiet tonight.

"It is disappointing, but we have got to bounce back with another big game on Saturday - we are not too far away." 


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