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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reacts to Tranmere Win

The manager was pleased with the Sky Blues display at Prenton Park...

1 January 2020

Mark Robins was “very pleased” after the Sky Blues claimed a second consecutive 4-1 win away from home in Sky Bet League One against Tranmere Rovers on New Year’s Day which moves City up to third place in the table.

Matty Godden scored a hat-trick for the second consecutive league game with Jordan Shipley also on the scoresheet at Prenton Park in a dominant display from the Sky Blues in Merseyside.

Robins was pleased with the performance from his players and was full of praise for Godden who now has six goals in his last two league games.

Robins said: “It was very pleasing, Matty’s in good form but so are the other players as well and we just want to keep playing with confidence now.

“We want Matty to do that every game and he’ll want to do that every game but clearly that doesn’t happen in football.

“What he does do is give us work rate and what he’s got to do is keep giving us the rate of work that he’s doing. He’ll find chances because the lads are finding him with good ball.

“I’ve not even mentioned Shipperz and Zain Westbrooke’s contribution today and Marko’s made some good saves as well, throughout the team we were pretty good.

“We had a really wobbly spell in the first 15 minutes of the second half and came through it thankfully and just managed to extend the lead which killed the game off really.”

However, Robins was disappointed with the manner in which his side conceded as well as giving the hosts a chance to equalise from the penalty spot.

“We started off brilliantly, we got two goals up, and then gave away a rubbish goal because we didn’t adjust properly and didn’t get in quickly enough. They ran off the back and scored with what was their first real attempt on target.

“They try and put pressure on which gets the crowd up and the pitch was awful, but we managed that pretty well throughout the game.

“At half time we said the next goal was really important, which it always is, they nearly got it because we gave away a penalty again and fortunately for us, they didn’t hit the target and missed it.

“That just gave us the game. We got more of a foothold in it, made a couple of changes, the box wasn’t working because we couldn’t get a foothold in the second half.”

One of those changes saw the introduction of Callum O’Hare who set-up two goals and Robins was full of praise for the midfielder’s contribution.

“We stretched them more and got a third goal that was really well worked. Callum O’Hare came on and livened things up, as did Baka, and Matty Godden’s a livewire who came to life again after a little bit of a lull.

“Then we got the penalty again through brilliant work from Callum and Matty’s tucked it away for his second hat-trick in two games.

“Away from home, two 4-1 wins away from home, is a really good start to the new year. It was a good finish to last year and a really good start to this year, but we need to keep our feet on the floor.”


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