A Hard Fought But Deserved Win

Last updated : 06 January 2018 By CNS Sport/AO

Coventry City manager Mark Robins said that the Sky Blues 2-1 FA Cup Third Round win over Stoke City was a deserved one.

It was a hard-fought win, but a deserved one,” said Robins to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

“I thought we were magnificent and it’s a really proud day for me.

“I don’t think we’re coming in here and saying we held on. I think we had to defend really well at times but if we’d have come in at half-time 3-0 up I don’t think anybody would have complained.

“We had our fair share of play and a fair share of possession and I think there’s been some unbelieveably mature performances from players of 18 years of age with Jordan Maguire-Drew and Tom Bayliss who were phenomenal.

“But not just those two, we’ve played against athletes. You can see there is a difference with players who can switch the ball quickly and we’ve had to cope with that, block them off, and make it really difficult for them.

“The lads that have performed today have been magnificent and for us it’s a great barometer where we can get to and where we can get too in the last twenty league games. The cup is an extra for us, I can’t tell you how important it is for everybody. It brings everybody together, that today is massive for us.”