Sky Blues boss Mark Robins shared his thoughts after a tough loss to Cardiff City.
Playing their fourth game in ten days, the Sky Blue battled throughout against Cardiff, but lost out to late goals from Joel Bagan and Mark Harris.
City boss, Mark Robins, reflected on his team’s performance, suggesting the build-up of games is taking it’s toll on the side.
“You know at stages it’s going to come and we knew tonight was that game, I tried to make some changes to protect some of the players.
''Michael Rose’s legs just look like they went, Todd Kane was similar, so I had to bring him off. Shippers was okay, but I wanted to try and go and win the game and there’s a balance to be had to try and freshen things up again.
“We had quite a lot of possession and on a normal day, we win the game and that for me is frustrating because we’ve given them the game, through our tiredness, and this was one of those games where it was one too far and you can’t legislate for it.
''When we created the chance through Callum O’Hare, Vik’s really unlucky, or the goalkeeper’s lucky to get his foot to it and if that brings us back level then who knows, that might’ve given us a little bit of energy.
“It’s very difficult, a game in a schedule that’s already packed, on the back of when it should’ve already been played and that’s the difficulty of the league and we’ve got to live with it.
“We’ve got to dust ourselves down and get on with it and recover for another tough game on Saturday because they come really quickly and, again, another one on Tuesday night.''
In what was a closely contested affair, Robins assessed what may have swung the balance in the host’s favour- with Gustavo Hamer and other absentees a key talking point.
“[Gustavo’s] without a doubt out most creative player, so when you lose somebody like that to a stupid booking it’s annoying and it’s always going to have a negative impact because he’s one of your best players.
“Matty Godden had a meeting with his surgeon today and hopefully he can get back into training and that’s the end of that.
''Fanky is on the pitch and training, so he won’t be too far away, but having a month out he’s got to get up to speed, otherwise we’re putting him at risk, so we’ve just got to wait.
“It was a step too far, the players that came in to freshen it up weren’t enough, I needed more fresh legs, fresh minds because that’s the Championship, the games are coming thick and fast and you do need a breather at times.”
Signing off, the gaffer praised the travelling Sky Blue Army and has thanked them for their continued support up and down the country.
“It was brilliant to see that number of people, all of those people travelling on a Tuesday evening, on the back of all the games we’ve had and we thank them, it’s just disappointing we couldn’t give them something to sing about.”