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INTERVIEW: Robins reflects on Tranmere defeat

Sky Blues fall to late defeat...

13 October 2019

The Sky Blues fell to defeat against Tranmere on Sunday and manger Mark Robins has expressed the importance of taking opportunities when they present themselves.

City dominated the ball and had a number of chances during the game however none were converted and Tranmere scored late in the game.

Robins felt that his side deserved more, but acknowledged the importance of turning the chances into goals.

Robins said: “It is really frustrating when you create the chances like we did and control the game like we did because your expected to win, especially with the chances we had because they were all clear cut.

“Football is cruel at times and when you don’t take your chances, you are always at risk of being on the end of a result like that.

“Whilst it was a smash and grab, we needed to keep our heads and stay positive which we have done in the past and got late goals but one or two went away from that and started playing longer which played into their hands.”

The Sky Blues flew out of the blocks after half time and had three clear cut chances to score within ten minutes; a period that Robins thought was key to securing a result.

He said: “There was a 15-minute spell and that was the game in one really.

“We hit the post, Jordy missed his chance, Matty put one over the bar, which is not normal for him, and there was one where the ball was bouncing around in the area when they were out on their feet.

“We didn’t kill the game off when we had the chance and then one little slip kills us but you have to take it on the chin because it has happened and we have to deal with that.

“Their lad has hit the ball unbelievably well and we gave them a chance after their goal but they were the only two moments they had in the game.”

Despite the defeat, Robins is keen for his players to stick with what they know and play the right way.

Robins said: “I don’t want people to start thinking they can’t score or saying the way we play isn’t now the right way, because it is.

“I want us to show a little more speed with the ball coming out from the back, but I can’t be too critical even though I am really disappointed with the result but we have to be stronger both mentally and physically.”


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