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Mark Robins praises Sky Blues supporters

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 06 December 2012 Updated: 06/12 11:41

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PHENOMENAL was the word used by Mark Robins to describe the Sky Blues supporters who spurred their side on to a penalty shoot-out victory over League One rivals Sheffield United in the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

An own goal by Harry Maguire on 56 minutes handed the home side the initiative but David McAllister equalised ten minutes from time to send the game to penalties.

Robins' side had reacted to the terrific support throughout the evening and in the build up to the shoot-out the supporters made their voices heard one final time which helped all four penalty takers hold their nerve in front of goal to seal a 4-1 shoot-out win.

"We'll enjoy the win, especially for our supporters because it was great to see them in such numbers especially for this stage in the competition," said Robins. "They were phenomenal.

"The players had the opportunity to see how much the win means to the supporters and they need to take heart and confidence from that.

"The club has been starved of success in recent years and we need to take this and use it to make us better.

"We're obviously glad to get through even though we've not played particularly well but we need to be better on Saturday," Robins added.

"There's things we need to do and there's things we will keep doing to get better but I just hope that from tonight the mud sticks for Saturday."

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