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Robins revels in City success

28 October 2012

Coventry manager Mark Robins admitted that everything went to plan as his side collected their first win in four matches with a 1-0 victory at Leyton Orient.

The Sky Blues gained a welcome three points when David McGoldrick pounced on an error by Orient goalkeeper Ryan Allsop in the seventh minute. Allsop spilled a shot from Gary McSheffrey, allowing McGoldrick to score his sixth goal in as many matches from the rebound.

"We came here not to get beaten but also to try and go on and win the game," said Robins. "So I'm absolutely delighted with the three points but I think that we could have done it more convincingly.

"We've created quite a few chances and if we'd taken some of those, then it would have been more a lot more comfortable rather than ending with a slender one-goal advantage.

"But I'm also delighted because we've shown that we can grind and scrap for a result.

"I'm pleased with our overall performance because I think our shape looked a little bit better, we managed to get closer and tighter to the opponents without getting too stretched and we'll continue to work hard on our game. "However, there are still things that I want to eradicate from our play."

Robins added: "We had 1,100 supporters here and they were fantastic as usual and I'm just thankful that we kept ourselves disciplined enough to keep a clean sheet and grind out the win. McGoldrick's got what seems to be a customary goal from him nowadays and long may that continue because his goals are invaluable for us."

Orient boss Russell Slade watched his side slip to their third successive defeat and fail to improve on a dismal record that had seen them score one league goal in five games going into the match. But he believed his players had done enough to earn at least a point, if not all three.

"It's a very disappointed changing room and it's at times like these that you have to close ranks and stick together," said Slade.

"You don't want any blame mentality in your football club, it's all about trusting each other and keep trying to do the right things. The important thing was that we created chances, although we didn't put the ball in the back of the net. But it was important that we were creating those opportunities."


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