Coventry City will not be suffering any hangover on Boxing Day, insists boss Mark Robins.
The Sky Blues return to action in the Championship on Saturday when they face Stoke City at St. Andrew’s.
They will be aiming to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough last time out, which put an end to a decent unbeaten run in the league stretching back eight matches.
Robins gave his players a couple of days off in the wake of defeat to the Owls before they returned to training on Wednesday and Christmas Eve.
And he is in no doubt City will be ready to go come kick-off against the Potters.
“No,” he said on Wednesday, when asked about a potential hangover from the defeat last Saturday.
“There was disappointment obviously after the game.
“The result was certainly not what we were looking for.
“I think we were a bit unlucky not to get something from it, but we move on from it and focus on what we can affect now.”
“They’ll take Christmas Day off and play on Boxing Day, so we need to get the preparation right between now (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Christmas Eve) and then give them some time,” he added.
“Ultimately it’s about trying to bounce back.
“It’s a good side and they don’t concede too many goals so it’s another tough game, but a game we can look forward to and try and bounce back from the defeat against Sheffield Wednesday.”
While Coventry have had a couple of days to prepare for the Boxing Day clash, Stoke were in action on Wednesday, losing 3-1 to Premier League Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
Robins is expecting yet another difficult Championship encounter.
“All the games are the same,” he said.
“You look at them and you look at what you can do, but be ourselves and try and do as well as we possibly can do and try and improve all the time.
“We’ll prepare right and hopefully we can be as close to our maximum as we possibly can get.”
The Sky Blues will go into the match in good form at St. Andrew’s, being unbeaten there since the end of October, claiming three wins and three draws.
“Form in general has been good throughout the season,” said Robins.
“We were playing really good football at the start of the season, we picked up some points but not enough, we were losing games by the odd goal.
“We were conceding two goals a game. That’s changed round, that’s flipped right round, so that’s been a fantastic part of the turnaround in terms of picking points up, so hopefully we can continue that.”