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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Stoke Reaction

The manager reflects on tonight's victory...

25 January 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins shared his delight for City’s 1-0 home win tonight against Stoke City.

Viktor Gyokeres’ 68th-minute strike ensured that the three points stayed at the Coventry Building Society Arena tonight, and Robins praised the striker’s return to scoring form.

“We just said to him, keep going, keep getting into the spaces, keep having that belief, don’t worry about anything and your chance will come. It came and he scored and hopefully that’s a big lesson for him, and a big weight off his shoulders.

“He heard the relief from the crowd, because they’ve been waiting for it for a long time. He’s in double figures now and prior to that he was almost in double figures in September. For him it’s really important.

“After he scored the goal he heard the noise which was generated from the finish, and that goal has won us the game, but the performances from everybody were really important in the game.

“I’m just glad that he’s kept going, and obviously it’s really important that Waghorn is available and fit, because his experience is huge for us. You could see it when he came on, huge for us.

“When he comes on he makes a big, big difference; you saw the movements from both Callum and from Waghorn to give Viktor the space to get his shot away, and he needed it.”

Robins also praised the performance of the team as a whole, defeating a strong Stoke City side tonight amid a recent run of challenging fixtures.

“It’s a brilliant finish to win the game, and we were always looking the most threatening team, but they have without doubt some of the best individuals in the division.

"It’s a brilliant squad and to get the three points is testament to the performance which we’ve had to put in. A clean sheet was massively important, we have spoken about that.

“I thought it was a very controlled performance. I thought we were really good, again with injuries and obviously Callum O’Hare dropping to the bench.

“He’s just been kicked all over the place, needed a bit of time to recover but couldn’t rest him completely. We lost Todd [Kane] from the game on Saturday, hopefully he’s going to be okay and train Thursday, but we’ll have to have a look.

“Jake Bidwell’s come through with a first game really since November, who did well and there is still loads more to come. Maatsen’s here tonight, so he’s going to join in on Thursday, so it starts to look a little bit brighter.”

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