Robins rails at ‘div­ing an­tics’ and op­po­si­tion man­ager af­ter loss to Stags BE­LOW THE BELT

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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

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