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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reacts after Millwall defeat

The Sky Blues were beaten 3-2 by Millwall at The Den...

13 August 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins insists his side must learn from the errors that saw them lose 3-2 to Millwall.

Two goals inside the first half-hour gave City a healthy lead on the half-hour mark and offered Robins plenty to be pleased with.

But a soft goal before the break and a red card for midfielder Gustavo Hamer left the Sky Blues up against it.

“I think when you start the way we did, we were in total control of the game, we get a goal from a set play and a really good start, it gives us the impetus and confidence to go on and take the game to them,” the manager said.

“I still think there were too many turnovers in possession, but they’re (Millwall) a decent side and they’ve come on a long way in the past 18 months, but we controlled it and looked really comfortable in it.

“It was a brilliant goal, a great ball in from Jake Bidwell and a really good finish from Matty Godden but some good work in the process.

“At 2-0 up you think we can press on with our advantage, the crowd had turned and we had the game where we wanted it and then we shoot ourselves in the foot.”

Despite the positives, Robins admitted the Sky Blues cost themselves, but says his players can clean up the mistakes that saw the points slip.

“People make mistakes, that’s fine, but learn from your mistakes and don’t keep doing it," he continued.

"It’s just an easy, soft goal which turns the crowd back on and puts us a little bit on the back foot mentally.

“We have to deal with things better than we did and if we could deal with their aerial presence and the runs that come from it then you’ll be alright, but we didn’t deal with it well enough and that meant they built a bit more pressure and got up.

“We’d given them too much and allowed them to change the direction of the game and where it was headed but that cost us the game.

“It's that solitary moment because you end up running around in this heat more than you do and we were running a lot anyway, we’ve got to learn lessons because we can’t throw points away and we’ve thrown points away today.”

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