Mark Robins Second Tenure At City Starts With A Defeat

Last updated : 11 March 2017 By CNS Sport
City: Burge, Foley (Dion Kelly-Evans 29), Clarke (C), Turnbull, Stokes (Rawson 66) Stevenson, Reilly, George Thomas, Vernam (Jones 58),  Kwame Thomas, Beavon. Subs: Charles-Cook, Bigirimana,  Reid, Tudgay.
Bradford City: Doyle, Meredith , Vincelot. Marshall. Wyke, Hiwula, Cullen, Gillihead (Jones 33, Clarke  62), Knight-Percival, McMahon, McArdle. Subs: Sattlemeier, Darby, Toner, Dieng, Devine. 
FT  CCFC 0-0 BCAFC   FT CCFC 0-2 BCAFC   ATT 9150 
Goals Alex Jones 51, Jordy Hiwula 55
Mark Robins started his first appointment as manager of Coventry City with a defeat and on his re-appointment, it was another defeat as the Sky Blues were beaten by Bradford City.
At the end of a week when the City revolving managerial door creaked yet again and out went Russell Slade, the holder of the worst record for any City manager – a claim to shame if ever there was one, and back in came Mark Robins who was returning to a club in a far tougher position than when he walked out for Huddersfield Town.

The fourth City boss this season, changed the team and had Ben Stevenson in midfield  and Chris Stokes in defence, bit no Gael Bigirimana who missed training on Friday and Ryan Haynes who was ill and after he had been politely applauded, the game got underway.

Stuart Beavon was first to shoot for City in the third minute with a shot that former City loanee Colin Doyle got down to.

Bradford, who included former City players Romain Vincelot and Mark Marshall looked good going forward through Hiwula, but they were forced to defend when Charles Varnam won a seventh minute corner.

Another followed a minute later with Stevenson on the turn firing just wide from 20 plus yards and there was There was some good noise from both sets of supporters which included a City supporter from Denmark as Josh Cullen drove at Burge in the tenth minute.

Four minutes later and an acrobatic kick from Beavon just missed Doyle”s right hand post from a Kwame Thomas header for a City side which was playing with more belief than they had showed during Russell Slade and Mark Venus’ time in charge.

Marshall put over a great cross which was met by a header and scrambled away by Jordan Turnbull, who started a move which led to Varnam hitting a poor shot.

In the 22nd minute and it was another corner for City and an easy catch for Doyle.

Kevin Foley, who probably should not have started, went off in the 29th minute and was replaced by Dion Kelly-Evans with The Bantams forced in to a change when Gilliead limped off.

George Thomas, who again tried to no avail, forced Doyle into another save in the 41st minute and that was followed by a City corner and another as two minutes were added on and in that time, Romain Vincelot had a shot at Burge but it was a goal-less game at the break.

City were back at it with a corner in the opening seconds but another poor header was again caught by Doyle.

Then five minutes in and Bradford City were ahead when they had a corner and the Sky Blues defence stood and watched substitute Alex Jones prod home.

Jones was denied in the 53rd minute by a great save by Burge, who could do nothing as a header from the resulting corner struck the bar and probably vindicating those who walked out at half-time claiming new boss same dross.

In the 55th minute and those who left at the break were certainly looking like they had made the right decision as it was two for Stuart McCall’s side when Jordy Hiwula got the ball on the left and hit a shot which squirmed past Burge.

The Sisu Out chants from City supporters, some of whom again had hassle coming into the ground from police and, stewards, a practice which will cost the club season ticket holders and money in the long run , rang out as Robins threw on Jodi Jones.

George Thomas flicked wide on the hour mark and Jones sent a ball across the box for a City side who have not scored more than two goals in a game since last April.

Robins, who seems to get appointed after away games at Shrewsbury and offended many with his Tim Fisher and co are good people comments, replaced Chris Stokes who had been reasonably solid with Farrend Rawson in the 66th minute.

Dion Kelly-Evans ran well but this was some poor stuff from Coventry who were relying on hit and hope and looking every inch a team which is going to be relegated to League 2 sooner rather than late.

With George Thomas now isolated, Kwame Thomas struggling and Stuart Beavon hobbling round, Coventry spent far too much time chasing the ball in and giving away petty fouls.

Bradford, who had been able to out muscle a City side and whose supporters were rather too heavily policed, won a corner in the 85th minute as many of the City support started to head for home, fed up at how poor City had been again in the second half.