Mark Robins was delighted to see his Coventry City side end their barren spell in front of goal with a fine 2-1 win at Millwall.
The Sky Blues had gone four long games without finding the back of the net going into the long trip to the Den – previously a bogey ground for the club who’d managed just one league win in 17 attempts going into the fixture.
In the event City really should have won by a more handsome scoreline after creating a stack of chances against their Championship rivals whom they leapfrogged in the table after taking the full three points.
Here’s every word the manager had to say after the game:
“I thought we were brilliant; really, really good other than the penalty challenge from Dominic, and he was really good other than that.
“But the penalty gave them an opportunity to build a little bit of momentum for the last 20 minutes which was not what we needed but that’s what happens in this league, and they are a decent team who get all over you and make things really difficult.
“We should really have killed the game before that and after their goal but didn’t, and that obviously kept them in the game and gave them a little bit of hope. Then it starts to become a bit more frantic towards the end of the game but, ultimately, it was a brilliant win.”
Shot count of 16, five on target:
“We could have won by a lot more but Bartosz Bialkowski is a top goalkeeper who made some really good saves and they made some really good blocks in front of goal as well.
“Max Biamou had a shot at the end of the first half when he couldn’t get it off quickly enough and they were throwing their bodies in front of things, three, four or five of them where they blocked shots so that’s the pleasing thing that we’re creating good chances and taking those shots.”
On the goals:
“Gustavo hit the wall from a one/two off it and then hit the rebound in. The first was a brilliant shot from Shipley that hit the post and bounced in off a defender and that probably needed to happen to loosen the shackles.
“And from then, Shippers was unlucky with a screamer of a left foot that hit the inside of the upright and came back out and another one in the first half, a volley that got blocked and there was a shout for a penalty.
“Callum O’Hare had a brilliant chance where he could have finished it off, and Ben Sheaf in the first half where he should have scored.
“The rest of the team were outstanding, Gustavo and Callum put in outstanding performances, and Callum should have capped his display off with a goal or two.
“So we created a lot of opportunities and that was because we played with a tempo. So it was a really good performance.”
“This week has been a tricky week to manage. We’ve had our issues this week because there were some false positives in a cohort of four that were tested.
“We were without three players and a member of staff yesterday (Fri), they were re-tested and thankfully they came back negative.
“We got everybody down here today, we travelled on two busses this morning and got a really positive performance.
“Next week we are going to have to go to Norwich on two coaches and stay overnight because of the 12 o’clock kick-off, so that’s an expense in itself.”
Matty Godden injury:
“I have lost one today, Matty Godden, and it looks like he’ll be a while so that’s the issue. We’re asking players to play when they’re not ready because of the amount of games we have got and it’s costing them injuries.
“So Matty has trained and played with this foot injury, albeit we have been trying to do it sparingly, so it’s tough.
“We have to do what we need to do, so I will look to see what’s available out there for us and maybe do something.
“I have no idea how long he’ll be out. It’s all speculation so I need to wait for the specialist to have a look and wait to see what he says.
“I don’t know yet, hopefully it hasn’t re-torn.”
New players in:
“I need to enter the market and see what we can do.
“The transfer window is open and I’m going to need a little bit of help. Hopefully I’ll get that, I’ve got a couple of things lined up and we’re going to need to do something to try and alleviate the issues we’ve got.
“Strikers are really difficult to come by and we can’t afford the forward lines that some of the teams have got.
“But ultimately, Max (Biamou) has done a great job for us today and he’s going to need some help because Tyler Walker is still a while away so Max and Baka are the only two strikers we have got and available to us, so we need to do something.
“It’s not necessarily a striker. We can’t afford them.
“We have done something because we were hoping to do something before today, and then I am going to have a look to see if I can do something that can help us, so I will definitely look at that.
“I am down the line with things but nothing has happened yet.”
Players out to free up wages?
“That would be preferable.
“There are some that need to go out and get game time but we’re absolutely bare bones.
“Once I have got a couple in we can look at it.”