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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Barnsley Reaction

The Gaffer reflects on three points against Barnsley...

19 February 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins commended his side after a late win against Barnsley.

Dom Hyam popped up late on, volleying the ball into the back of the net, to secure a last-gasp win at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

City boss Mark Robins was pleased with how his side managed the game and delighted to grab the winner to seal the victory.

“You’re expected to win because of the league position of Barnsley, but Barnsley are a good team, they’ve got good players.” Robins said.

“They’ve changed and got a different manager and what they’re doing is completely different from last year, even though they went a little more direct at times today, they’ve got a big target man up-front in Carlton Morris.

“Barnsley have got some really talented players and they can hurt you if you get things wrong and thankfully we didn’t get things too wrong and we didn’t feel under any pressure, we were in control for most of it.

“I like Quina and Gomes, Quina when he’s in those higher up positions and Styles is a top player, we kept them quiet really.

"Callum Styles has got a real talent for linking the play and creating and scoring goals and they stay in games most of the time, they don’t get beaten heavily if you look at their results and that can be a bit more of a burden on you because you’re expected to win.”

The game marks another gruelling ninety minutes for the Sky Blues, but Robins hailed the determination of his side and the midfield duo of Ben Sheaf and Jamie Allen for their efforts.

“We’re still feeling the effects of that Southampton game, I think, in terms of having tiredness in their legs, which is always a worry, but the win helps and a clean sheet helps  as well.

“I think we’ve defended how we’ve needed to defend and without being fluid they had the game the way the wanted it, but the goal from Dom was a really good finish, which was something that we needed.

“You could see the relief, I think it was an outpouring of relief that we’d broken the deadlock, ultimately we defended as well as we needed to and maybe a little bit of tiredness or a lack of quality at times.

"We could’ve hurt them a lot more and put them to the sword earlier on but I’m grateful for the three points and I think the performance was really good.

"There were some good performances and some better performances from players, so you put the three points in the back pocket and move on.

“Ben covered every blade of grass again, he’s done a terrific job. Jamie Allen was fantastic as well, out of possession and in possession and obviously we get Gus back now which is a big plus for us.”

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