ROBINS AMAZED AT HIS SKY BLUES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard John­son

COVENTRY boss Mark Robins was de­lighted for his side af­ter they ral­lied to a vic­tory over Don­caster Rovers.

First-half goals from Jordy Hi­wula and Luke Thomas were enough to seal a fifth con­sec­u­tive league win for the Sky Blues, and Robins couldn’t praise his team highly enough.

“I thought it was a good game and I thought we played some good stuff. We kept them at bay and we had some good chances.

“We took the lead through a set play and the sec­ond one is a bril­liant strike from Luke Thomas, which is noth­ing short of what he de­serves with his work rate since he’s been here.

“It was an amaz­ing per­for­mance, amaz­ing work rate. There was a de­sire to win. When you’re in front like that, you know the op­po­si­tion is go­ing to come at you, es­pe­cially when you’re tired it gives the op­po­si­tion a lift.

“We con­ceded a poor goal from our point of view, but I think that they prob­a­bly de­served to score over the game be­cause they cre­ated a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties them­selves in the sec­ond half.

“I’m de­lighted with the three points, and the ap­pli­ca­tion from ev­ery­one, and it was just a great win.”

Both teams had made a pos­i­tive start, with Michael Doyle and Tom Davies test­ing the re­ac­tions of Rovers keeper Mark Marosi, be­fore Grant McCann’s side fash­ioned a chance of their own through Danny An­drew.

But it was Coventry, rev­el­ling in con­fi­dence from their re­cent form, who cre­ated the more clear-cut chances, with Jordan Wil­lis and Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris guilty of miss­ing gilt-edged op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Coventry took the lead af­ter 20 min­utes when Hi­wula ri“Coventry fled in an un­stop­pable vol­ley from the cen­tre of the box to the bot­tom left cor­ner fol­low­ing a set-piece sit­u­a­tion.

The over­cast clouds over the Ri­coh then turned Sky Blue in the 41st minute when Luke Thomas un­leashed a spec­tac­u­lar ef­fort from out­side the box to the bot­tom right cor­ner of the goal fol­low­ing a cor­ner.

The sec­ond-half, how­ever, proved to be a stark con­trast to the first with Don­caster prov­ing to be the more dom­i­nant of the two sides.

Donny pulled one back when Joe Wright smashed the ball home in the 69th minute, but the vis­i­tors couldn’t find that elu­sive equaliser de­spite cre­at­ing a num­ber of chances.

Don­caster man­ager Grant McCann was left to be­moan a poor first-half dis­play as his side came away from the Ri­coh Arena empty-handed.

“I thought in the first half we were poor,” said McCann, “I never hide away from what I think – we weren’t good enough, sim­ple as that.

worked harder than us, they pressed bet­ter than us. They didn’t play in terms of foot­ball ways any bet­ter, but they worked harder, they pressed more, and I take responsibility for that. I set the team up, I pick the team and I told the boys that.”

PIC­TURE: PA Im­ages

STAR MAN JORDAN WIL­LIS Coventry City WELL DONE, LADS: Luke Thomas cel­e­brates with man­ager Mark Robins and team-mates af­ter scor­ing Coventry’s sec­ond and, in­set, Jordy Hi­wula en­joys his goal

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