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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins 'delighted' with Rochdale win

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16 November 2019

Mark Robins was delighted with his sides comeback on Saturday as Liam Walsh completed the turn around for the Sky Blues.

City had trailed but goals from Walsh and Jordan Shipley were enough to earn Robin’s side their third win in a row.

Robins said: “We have been really good today, I am delighted and I can’t tell you how delighted I m with the three points and the performance.

“It was one of our biggest three points of the season because of the people we had missing, we had two debuts who are young boys really and they have come into the team and done brilliantly well.”

Declan Drysdale and Josh Eccles made their first league starts for the Sky Blues and Robins was impressed with both of their performances.

He said: “I thought we were a lot better in the second half and we grew into the game and Josh Eccles grew into the game as well.

“Declan Drysdale was outstanding, he was the pick of the players today apart from Walsh’s goal.”
It was Walsh’s goal that earned all three points for the Sky Blues and Robins doesn’t think he will see much better this season.

He said: “The goal that has won it is goal of the season, he picked it up on the half way line, went past nearly every one of their players, maybe twice, and he has had the presence of mind and energy to hit a great shot from the edge of the box.

“I am delighted with it all because it was a tough game.

“We got level with a brilliant ball from Zain Westbrooke and a great run from Shipperz, very similar to the goal last week.

“He had a little bit more to do this time, the ‘keeper made a save, it hit their lads hand, so it could have been a penalty and he has put it in.”

Robins only had a small pool of players to pick from for the game and summer signing Jamie Allen featured on the bench for the first time.

Robins said: “I got woken up this morning by the grim reaper, the physio ringing me up and telling me that Liam Kelly was ill and on top of that no one else is available that is why Jamie Allen was on the bench.

“He came through 45 minutes yesterday so we put him on the bench so we didn’t have 6 on there, all we had fit was those lads, I didn’t want to have to use him really.

“It has been tough at the minute because you are still trying to find a way of doing things and being true to ourselves whilst creating opportunities and even with the injuries, we keep plugging away and finding a way to pick up results.”


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