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INTERVIEW: Robins reflects on AFC Wimbledon win

Robins pleased with quality of Sky Blues winner...

17 September 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins praised the “quality” of City’s late winner against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night.

City left it late to see off the Dons with Liam Walsh striking an injury-time winner to keep the Sky Blues top of the League One table.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Robins singled out the quality of City’s winning goal for particular praise.

Robins said: “The quality that came at the end was real quality, that’s the pleasing thing.

“Sometimes it’s better to be a lucky team than a good one, I think we were a bit more lucky than good tonight.

“There’s plenty of work needed but I’ll take the win and the manner of the win. We didn’t launch it forward, we just made one or two changes and started to have a bit more confidence about us.”

Despite a slow start Robins was pleased with the response his Sky Blues side showed in the second half.

“The start of the game was a bit flat, we dropped ourselves in the mire by giving them a penalty.

“They convert the penalty and then we’re on the backfoot. We started to get a little bit of a foothold in the first half but didn’t create enough, there wasn’t enough quality we just looked a little bit tired.

“In the second half we started brightly, we almost scored with our first attack and then we tried to get ourselves on top.

“We were on top to a degree, their chances came from our mistakes, but I’ve got to accept that and we know where we need to improve.”

Robins was impressed by the energetic performance of Callum O’Hare who made his first league start in a City shirt.

“We looked a little bit disjointed, maybe the couple of changes had something to do with it. We looked to someone to inject some energy into it and Callum O’Hare did that.

“It just didn’t quite link together well enough. Having said that, there’s chances that came and went.

“Jordy again had another chance, there was a number of chances for Matty Godden. There’s one where he’s turned and had a shot and it’s gone over the bar, there’s one where he’s made a run for a great ball into the box.”

The boss also praised AFC Wimbledon for their defensive efforts which almost did enough to come away with a point.

“We had a lot of ball in the penalty area but didn’t have the bodies in there to convert. It looked like for all the world that their defensive performance was enough for them to get a point.

“I feel for them at the end because we’ve been there. It’s really tough to take after you put a shift in like that. They had a clear game plan.”

“Fortunately for us, we stuck at it and we passed the ball, even though player’s were having off nights, the crowd stayed with us again and that was a really big thing for us and we got a really good well-worked goal to win it at the end.”


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