Mark Robins gave an honest evaluation of the Sky Blues’ performance following a 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion.
Goals from Lucas Akins and Jamie Allen either side of half-time sealed the game for Nigel Clough’s men, and in his post-match interview Robins spoke openly.
“We started off really brightly in the opening exchanges,” Robins told the local press after the final whistle.
“However, we were a bit negative and did spend too much time on the ball.
“As soon as they started to get a foothold in the game we conceded a poor goal.”
Tom Bayliss then equalised six minutes into the second-half and Luke Thomas was thwarted by the post seconds later.
“We worked our way back into the game with a great goal,” Robins said.
“We found Tom [Bayliss] in space and he struck the ball really well, which is what I’ve been trying to get him to do.
“Tom has those goals in him and from now on he needs to continue to get into those positions and be positive in front of goal.
“We could’ve even gone two up through Luke [Thomas], but unfortunately for us it hit the inside of the post and came out.
“Then, we gave away a horrendous goal with Burge not dealing with the situation well enough, but it was still a good strike to finish it off.”
Bright Enobakahre was sent off midway into the second-half and Robins gave his thoughts on his removal from the game.
“All of a sudden, after playing so positively, Bright [Enobakahre] is sent off after a change of referee.
“Straight away the new referee went for a yellow card, and whether he knows if there has been a booking or not I have no idea and therefore our player off.
“From then on we had an uphill task against a team, which we mustn’t forget, were a Championship side last year and still have a lot of experience within their ranks.”