Robins rails at ‘diving antics’ and opposition manager after loss to Stags BELOW THE BELT
BY ANDY TURNER
COVENTRY City boss Mark Robins accused Mansfield Town of ‘below the belt’ behaviour on the pitch and his opposite number Steve Evans of ‘unbelievable’ behaviour off it.
The Sky Blues manager was angry at what he called Stags’ star striker Danny Rose’s ‘diving antics’ as the visitors took all three points at the Ricoh Arena, while Coventry striker Marc McNulty was denied a penalty.
“It was a real shout for a penalty for us,” said Robins, reflecting on the 1-0 home defeat.
“You look at them and their diving antics and falling all over the place. I thought it was a very difficult one for the referee at times but we knew what was happening. He (Rose) just throws his body in, feels the contact and goes down and then wins a free-kick.
“If you are winning that from the referee then fine, but then he goes down in the box and the referee obviously books him for a dive, so there’s a lot of things that were below the belt in the game but that’s what we’re up against. We knew that and we had to deal with it.”
Asked if Town boss Evans’s histrionics in the technical area bothered him – the visiting manager contesting almost every decision and continually complaining to the fourth official, Robins said: “It doesn’t bother me at all. That’s him, he has to live with what he does on the touchline.
“I think some of the things that happened on the touchline were just unbelievable but that’s down to him. It’s down to Steve and what they do on the pitch. It’s not my problem.
“You get ear-ache when you are on the touchline. It’s the first I have seen of it, first time come across him.” Issue No. 37,944