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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on Luton Town draw

The Sky Blues boss looks back as the points are shared…

14 September 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins commended his side’s resilience following the 2-2 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Goals from Viktor Gyökeres and Gustavo Hamer saw the Sky Blues twice come from behind to earn a point against the Hatters at Kenilworth Road.

Robins shared his frustration as his side allowed a Carlton Morris double, but was delight at the quality of finishes from his two goalscorers.

“I’m really proud of them,” Robins said. “There were two moments where we gave them goals and almost one more at the end that we got away with. I’ve just seen that back and we were fortunate.

“We tried to play when we could and we scored two brilliant goals, and had other chances to win it.

“We’ve defended pretty well for the most part, apart from their two goals and their chance at the end - so it’s a really good point - but we know we could’ve won and it stops the rot of the losing streak.

“The two goals we scored were outstanding, a brilliant ball from Ben Sheaf and a great take from Vik who showed a bit of speed and then a calm finish on his left.

“Viktor's all-round performance was back up to where its been for us in the past and Matty [Godden] worked his socks off for very little chances on goal. In terms of taking the weight off Vik, he’s done that very well by winning more balls in the air.”

Following last season's defeat away at Kenilworth Road, tonight's fixture promised a tough test for Robins' playres - but he has praised their continued resilience after a difficult start to the season.

“The result [from last season] can scar you a little bit, for the lads that played here last season, but it was a case of making sure we got back in it,” he said.

“The players have worked really hard on the training ground, knowing what Luton throw at you and how they put you under pressure, so we tried to take some of that pressure away because of the pressure on us already due to the circumstances we’re under.

“This is game six for us, and the fifth away from home. The results haven’t been good enough but the performances have been okay. But we need to cut out the stupid, sloppy goals that we’re giving away.

“There’s been a mental shift since Monday. The players have come in and changed, and it’s a change for the better, and the place has been lifted.

"Whatever has been going on, and the disappointment of games being postponed prior to this week, has been a difficult period, so credit to our players.”

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