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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Rochdale Result

The Gaffer sums up the result against The Dale...

1 September 2018

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins was left frustrated after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat to Rochdale at the Ricoh Arena.

Despite dominating for large parts of the game, City came away empty handed, and Robins believes that his side must be more ruthless in front of goal.

He said: “I’m annoyed, first half we deserved to win the game, but we didn’t, and you can’t win a game if you don’t take your chances. When you create chances like that you’ve got to be cold, ice cold, and you’ve got to believe that you can hit the target and we didn’t. The keeper has probably had to make one or two saves and it’s not good enough.

“First half I thought we were very good in terms of dominating the game and dominating possession, but then you look at the fitness levels of one or two and it’s annoying, they have to get themselves up to speed because you’ve got to make changes during the game. It’s frustrating because we work hard, and they have to be fit, and they’ve got to be right.”

Rochdale front man Calvin Andrew’s separated the two side after his effort was adjudged to have crossed the line swiftly after the restart. However, it was a goal that the manager believed was far too easy for the visitors.

“It’s one corner kick where we’ve switched off. Dominic Hyam’s man scores the goal and it’s too easy", he said.  

“It’s too easy to just say never mind we played really well and we were just unlucky. Unlucky doesn’t count, unlucky gets you relegated, it gets you in the bottom four - we need to be more ruthless.”

Conor Chaplin made his first appearance for the Sky Blues after signing from Portsmouth during the week. Despite not opening his account for the club today, Robins believes that the striker will be a big part of the club’s success going forward.

“The reason we bought in Conor Chaplin is because he will convert more chances than the others. There is two or three players that could have had hat-tricks and it’s massively frustrating.

“On the flip side it’s been really good for large spells. Their keeper has made an unbelievable save but we have to be more ruthless in front of goal. I’m annoyed, frustrated, and disappointed for the players because the first half performance deserved to win it, but we can’t keep giving up golden opportunities to take a game away from a team in the first half.”

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