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INTERVIEW: Northampton Town Reaction

The gaffer reflects on tonight's match...

11 August 2021

City boss Mark Robins was ‘disappointed’ to be knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Northampton Town on Wednesday evening in a game of fine margins.

The Sky Blues took the lead in the first half through Tyler Walker but the Cobblers turned it around in the second half with a double from Kion Etete.

“I am disappointed to be out the cup absolutely, I think the performance in the first half was ok as we were moving the ball quite well and we deserved to take the lead.” Robins said.

“We looked quite confident and then really should have doubled the lead with Jordan Shipley and had that happened then the game is dead and buried and you grow in confidence.

“Unfortunately for us the opposite happened and it took the wind out of our sails a little bit.

“We carried on trying to play but the more the game went on we kept giving them opportunities and just started to lack a bit of quality, whether that was running out of legs, running out of steam a little bit in a few positions

“But it doesn’t matter the two goals we conceded were horrific, they were too easy to score for them and so easily avoidable for us, they haven’t really done anything to get the win tonight which is the disappointing thing for us aside from being knocked out of the competition so early.

“It’s disappointing for a number of reasons but when changes are made you give people’s opportunities to play, it is still about minutes on the pitch still but also its about getting through and managing that so it’s disappointing we weren’t able to manage to see it over the line.”

Robins was pleased to see Walker get off the mark for the campaign and also had praise for the returning Michael Rose as well as captain on the night Jamie Allen.

“I thought there were a few decent performances in there, I thought Jamie Allen worked his socks off and did pretty well and Tyler Walker worked tirelessly and got a good goal.

“Ryan Howley played well on his debut and Michael Rose did alright too.

“We've got to take it on the chin and move on but the players have to take from that game that they are a bit off where they need to be so there is still work to be done but fortunately its still early in the season.”

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