FOOTBALL - Robins praises 'outstanding' Coventry City players after M69 derby win - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Robins praises 'outstanding' Coventry City players after M69 derby win

Coventry Editorial 17th Jan, 2024 Updated: 17th Jan, 2024   0

MARK Robins heaped praise on his ‘outstanding’ Coventry City side after the Sky Blues claimed a first M69 derby win in almost 16 years.

Coventry came from behind to seal a 3-1 victory against rivals and league leaders Leicester City as Callum O’Hare scored twice either side of Milan van Ewijk’s strike.

That came after Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall opened the scoring for Leicester in the first half from the penalty spot before Abdul Fatawu saw red for a reckless challenge on Sky Blues defender Jake Bidwell.

And after moving into the play-off places for the first time this season, City boss Robins hopes his side can take plenty of confidence from their performance against Enzo Maresca’s side.

Robins said: “I think if there was any way that they needed a confidence boost or belief then that should fill the gap. I think really the performance was absolutely outstanding, incredible.

“I thought that we not only kept the ball and moved the ball pretty well, but we created some decent chances and really you’ve got to look at the qualities of Leicester.

“They’ve got incredible ability, they’ve got speed, speed of thought, speed of feet, speed of passing, and we have to get into positions where we can not just sit off and be passengers in a game.

“We’ve got 30,000 supporters in the building, so we had to try and do something to help us get a foothold in it and I thought that we did it really well.”

Sky Blues midfielder O’Hare feels City proved just how good they are after inflicting just a fourth league defeat of the season on runaway leaders Leicester.

O’Hare added: “We said in the dressing room before the game, we wanted to prove how good we are, everyone knows how good Leicester are and we have showed them how we can play.

“It is special. I was saying to my family, the games I missed last year, the big games were horrible, so I want to play in those this year.

“Hopefully we can keep putting those results together. At the end of the year, lets see where we can get to.”

Coventry are next in action away at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, January 20 with kick-off at 3pm at Hillsborough.

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