The Coventry City manager has said that it is extremely disappointing to have started the New Year with a defeat against Shrewsbury Town. The club were fully expected to get the three points in the match, but they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of the 17th placed team in the division. Coventry came into the match on the back of excellent form that has seen them go on an unbeaten run since the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Scunthorpe in early November. As a result, they have made incredible progress in the table and they are just five points below the play-off position.

They could have closed the gap to the placed Milton Keynes even further with a victory, but the home defeat means that they remain five points below the play-off position. Robins was especially dissatisfied with the way in which the team did not make use of the 15,000 strong home support as they crashed to their first defeat in the last 11 matches. As a result of this defeat, Coventry now head into the FA Cup match against Tottenham with the confidence shattered slightly. Robins has said that the team created enough chances to have won the game comfortably.

“We’ve wined and dined the supporters in recent weeks so it’s very disappointing to start off the New Year in such a negative way. They are really keen to get behind the team but we just didn’t perform as well as we have been doing. We still created enough chances to win four or five games – I don’t think that’s an exaggeration – but the result overshadows all the decent stuff we produced because at the end of the day that’s what matters,” said Robins. Coventry had more than 20 shots in the whole match.