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INTERVIEW: "They’re all chomping at the bit"

Robins talks strikers, Brighton loan-men and Kelly...

24 April 2021

The Sky Blues have scored five goals in the last their two games, with four of those coming from the striking department.

Matty Godden, Tyler Walker, Viktor Gyokeres and Max Biamou have all found the back of the net, as they help the Sky Blues climb up the Championship.

The trio of Godden, Walker and Biamou are all separated by just one goal for being the club’s top scorer in all competitions this season.

Speaking on the race to end the season with the most goals, City boss Mark Robins told how he is enjoying the form the front men have shown in recent weeks.

“It’s brilliant to see, and you can see they’re all chomping at the bit and all really ready to play now.

“They’ve all contributed with goals and performances. Matty Godden scored on Sunday and it was great to see Tyler Walker back on the scoresheet as well because he is a really talented forward and Viktor as well, he picks the ball up and scores a goal really out of nothing and Max does what Max does he find himself in positions to score quite often.

“I’m delighted with the contributions that they’ve made and also behind that the players have really pushed and been on the front foot and we have to try and maintain that.”

One of those strikers, Viktor Gyokeres joined the Sky Blues on loan from Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

He joined fellow team-mate, Leo Ostigard in linking up with City and since their arrival at the club, Robins told how he has been impressed with the way they have brought into the plan at Ryton.

“You have a young player in Viktor who’s learning his trade and trying to get into a team like ours, and he’s been frustrated at times but he’s stuck with it and I’ve seen a sort of switch flipped in him and he’s became more of a part of the group and that’s testament to him and his character because you can go and sulk and go under and he hasn’t done that and you can see he is thriving.

“You can see he’s chomping at the bit, they are all are and wanting to play and that’s a good ting because at some point it flips, you’re coming off the bench and getting those minutes and then at some point it flips because you’re getting those minutes you’re getting those moments, you’re getting that experience and then all of a sudden you’re ready to start and that was the same with Leo.

“He’d been at St Pauli last season and came to Coventry and wanted to play, it wasn’t a case of I’m coming and going to sit on the bench, but he has to be patient which he found very difficult and again there was a change in him, and he bought totally in to everything and has been fantastic and it has been a really good loan for both us and for Brighton I think.”

Robins also gave an update on captain Liam Kelly who was withdrawn midway through the first half against Stoke.

“It was his shin on the post but obviously when you compress the knee you’ve got issues in there, whether there’s a bit ligament damage or he’s pinched the cartilage or whatever it is we won’t know until he gets the scan.

“He can’t get a scan until Saturday, so he won’t attend the game because he’ll be at a scan but I think that will be him for the rest of the season bearing in mind that there are only two weeks left so whilst it’s a major blow the contribution he’s made over the last season and the last four years us there for everyone to see and it won’t be forgotten, he’s been outstanding.”

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