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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reading Reaction

A comeback win against the Royals...

12 February 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins shared his thoughts after his side came back to beat Reading 3-2 at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

The Sky Blues fell behind to the hosts, as Lucas Joao opened the scoring, however, goals either side of the half from defensive pairing Dom Hyam and Michael Rose saw City take the lead.

Andy Yiadom equalised for the Royals, but Ian Maatsen’s goal proved to be the winner, with City taking all three points back to Coventry.

Coming from behind twice in the match, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins was pleased with the determination showed to battle it out for the win.

“I think we ground it out, when I watched these play Wednesday evening, and they’re finding it really difficult in terms of the run that they’re on, but when you’re coming up against a team like that, they’re always dangerous.

“First twenty minutes I thought we were the better team, we created a good couple of chances and the keeper made a real good save from Vik.

“It is really tough, so to come away with three points, I’m absolutely delighted with it and I’m delighted with the performance and the grit because at half time I certainly wasn’t best pleased, but they came out and got on with it and got on the front foot.

“We’ve ground out a performance that has meant we’ve got three goals away from home, which is difficult to do, and we haven’t done that very often.

“Maatsen’s third one, for the winner, he hit it with his right foot and we got a looper and it looped over the head and goes into the goal and that turns out to be the winning goal, we’ve got to take it and move on.

“We lost here 3-0 last year and it shows, without a crowd on a freezing cold night, we lost, and we come here today with a bigger crowd and it’s a different game, we stuck at it got three goals and the three goals were really good.”

Catering for rescheduled games from the festive period, the Sky Blues face a backlog of fixtures this month and Robins spoke on the difficulties of playing twice a week and how it may have hindered his side’s performance.

“You’re always concerned because of the amount of football we’ve played in this last week and the two trips on top of that, with injuries and suspension and all that, you’ve got a threadbare squad and you need to try and freshen things up, difficult to do.

“The disappointment was the set play goal we conceded, poor, the first one you’ve got to defend better and stop that at source and put a challenge in, obviously it goes into the net and it’s a poor goal.

“The two goals were poor goals, they’ll say the same about ours and it was a game littered with mistakes and that comes on the back of a difficult time.

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