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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reading Reaction

The Sky Blues claimed their second league win of the season...

30 October 2020

Mark Robins praised the Sky Blues “commitment” after they beat league leaders Reading 3-2 at St Andrew’s on Friday night.

Gus Hamer scored a superb opening goal, finding the bottom right corner with a well-placed finish, only for Lucas Joao to equalise mid-way through the second-half.

Matty Godden restored City’s lead before a sensational strike from Sam McCallum took the game out of Reading’s reach who scored a late consolation through George Puscas.

The manager was delighted to take all three points and feels the win will act as a confidence boost for his side.

Robins said: “We were much better, changes were needed, we dealt with them pretty well, it was really important to get the three points for our confidence.

“We have to maintain that and to beat the team that’s been the best side at this stage, to win it in the way we did and playing in the manner that we did, was really good.

“We’ve still got improvement to come, I’m playing players that aren’t fit and they’re getting through the games, brilliant endeavour and commitment and some really good football that we played, all three goals were outstanding.”

Max Biamou made his first Championship start against the Royals and Robins was full of praise for the striker who worked tirelessly throughout the 90 minutes.

“It was a great finish from Gus, a technical finish, we got bodies in the box which we didn’t have on Tuesday night, we were reticent to attack, that was more what we were after.

“We haven’t been able to do too much work on the grass but they’re listening in the classroom and learning and applying it in the games.

“I think the introduction of Max was needed and he put an unbelievable shift in, he worked really hard for the team without too much to show for it, although in the second-half he brought others into play which was exactly what we needed.

“It gives Matty a lift and it means we can get up and support him and there were some good contributions from everyone else, Franky has just come back from injury, I knew I was going to have to change him.”

The win was City’s second victory in the league this season and Robins felt his side were worthy winners on the night.

“For Sam to come on and show him inside was brilliant and to hit the shot that he hit was fantastic and we needed it because we conceded a really poor second goal, I thought Ben Sheaf was good, he controlled the game, any sort of little mistake they try and capitalise on, they’ve got some top players but I thought we were worthy winners.”

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