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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Rochdale Reaction

City make it five wins in a row...

22 February 2020

The Sky Blues made it five wins in a row in Sky Bet League One on Saturday after a 2-1 victory at Rochdale thanks to goals either side of half-time form Michael Rose and Matty Godden.

Rochdale pegged City back almost immediately with around ten minutes to play and Mark Robins felt the set back should have avoided, but was pleased to get over the line with a vital three points.

He said: “I didn’t think it was a great performance, but the conditions were tough and the pitch was bad even though they have had the cover on it for a week you can see the water table is quite high and the level of water underneath because the ground moved so it was tough.

“We handled that well in the first half and got ourselves in front, got our noses in front from a set play which was a great ball in and a great header which settled any nerves there might have been.

“It was tough because there weren’t enough goalscoring opportunities, having said that we played our way into some good areas but didn’t take our chance to shoot.”

Despite taking the lead in the opening stages, Robins felt his side could have done more throughout out the game with the ball.

He said: “We didn’t get to grips with them enough, they are in a situation where they are going to throw caution to the wind and from corners, they were leaving 1 v 1 at the back at times.

“We weren’t good enough in terms of getting on the ball, there was only once in the first half where we managed to get Jamie Allen in at goal instead of holding onto the ball to allow the support to arrive.”

Godden doubled the Sky Blues’ lead and looked to seal the victory for Robins’ side with less than 20 minutes on the clock.

However, from the restart, and much to the frustration of Robins, Rochdale pulled a goal back undoing the work of Godden just moments before.

Robins said: “We got the second goal which was a great finish, great move, great ball and great finish from Matty Godden then thought we had won it.

“Straight away they have gone down the other end and it is a disgrace, it’s a joke of a goal and we can’t do that, hopefully that is a kick up the backside we get and we can kick on from there because that was poor.

“Having said that, we looked fairly comfortable and we have got three points at a place which is difficult to come to.”

The Sky Blues host top of the table Rotherham on Tuesday night and Robins is keen for his players to recover well and switch their focus to the next game.

He said: “It’s a brilliant three points but we have to move on from that because the games come around thick and fast in this league.”

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