Mark Robins admits Coventry City concern despite ‘ruthless’ display at MK Dons
Coventry City match reaction from CoventryLive as Sky Blues boss Mark Robins gives his verdict after 5-1 win at MK Dons
Mark Robins admits his Coventry City side are still “way away” from where they need to be to start the season despite watching his side cruise to a 5-1 victory over MK Dons.
The Sky Blues came from behind against the League Two outfit after conceding a penalty within seconds of the kick-off, but went on to dominate proceedings at Stadium:MK where Ellis Simms scored a brace before the break ahead of second half goals from Josh Eccles, Kasey Palmer and teenager Bradley Stretton to wrap things up.
We were caught up in an accident and the road was shut so it took us about two and a half hours to get here so I can forgive them a little bit for the penalty because our preparation wasn’t great,” said the City boss.
“Having said that, we have to deal with those situations better and were a bit too easy-osey and Fadz has just kicked through the ball and never saw him.
“So it was a lack of communication and awareness and we were 1-0 down in seconds, so not an ideal start but we passed it OK. We need to up the tempo but played some really good stuff around the edge of the box, albeit a little untidy, and then it started to come and we tidied things up.
“Ellis got two quick-fire goals from some really good play and balls into the box, although he missed one with his left foot and was unfortunate with it, but those will go in. He hasn’t done a great deal of training since he came in so to get 80 minutes is good for him and he’ll get there.
“Then we made it 3-1 with Josh Eccles after going inexplicably down to ten men after Kasey walked of the pitch. He went into the changing rooms thinking his number had been called so that’s a fine! But he came back on and we said at half-time just keep trying to be ruthless, get the ball into good areas and thankfully we did that. Tatsu (Sakamoto) lifted the support and got the atmosphere going again, which we needed.”
Looking ahead to the big Championship opener against Leicester City a week on Sunday, however, Robins added: “These games are about getting us ready for the opener and we are still some way away. There’s no doubt we are way away from where we need to be so it’s really important now that we put everything into being as ready as we possibly can be.
“It’s going to take time and we will be a little bit behind. It’s going to take us time to get to where we want to get to but they are doing as much as they possibly can. I was pleased with the application and some of the play. You can see it starting to come.
“Kasey got a nice goal, just found the corner with a really good pass and then we finished things off with a goal for Bradley Stretton and I am pleased for him because he’s a Coventry lad and a Coventry supporter. His celebration was terrible but hopefully he will get the chance to do that again. So it was a decent work-out.”