Mark Robins admits key deficiency needs addressing as Coventry City slip to fourth league defeat in last five

Mark Robins pinpointed a key area where he insists his Coventry City side need to improve on next season after defeat to promotion chasing Ipswich Town. The Sky Blues boss was annoyed that his players once again gifted the opposition their goals in a trend that he says has to stop if the club are to enjoy future success.

Giving his reaction to the 2-1 CBS Arena defeat, the manager said: “Rubbish result, performance was OK. It was a little bit flat at times. We attacked pretty well against a really good side. But first of all, congratulations to them because they are almost there; the prize is almost there for them.”

Town’s win moved them back up to second place, three points in front of automatic promotion rivals Leeds United ahead of Saturday’s final game of the season.

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Reflecting further on City’s display in which Kieffer Moore gave the visitors the lead as early as the eighth minute, Robins admitted: “From out perspective, we gave away a really soft goal whilst we were trying to build into the game, and that’s really been the story of our season - we concede too many goals, quite a few goals. We’re on the back foot and give ourselves a mountain to climb.

“We have to address that because you can’t win things if you’re conceding too many goals. The flip side of it, we attacked pretty well. We had a lot of the ball, we had 13 shots and they had 14, although they had 12 inside or box and that’s the thing, we cannot give the opposition goals rather than making them work for it. That’s what has happened, and that’s what has happened lately. And then the volume of goals that you have to get back and score means the pressure becomes more intense.”

He added: “I was worried about the energy before the game but that wasn’t the case tonight. The thing that cost us was a lack of quality and poor decision making. Brad (Collins) has been called upon a few times to make some brilliant saves, which he has.

“We were OK playing out. It was a little bit laboured at times but they had a full press with five players and five sat behind ready to mop up anything, but I felt we dealt with that pretty well and created some good openings.

“We scored a good goal, great move and great finish from Haji (Wright). The first chance we had the keeper made a brilliant save, and when we equalised they started to rock, so they were there for the taking but we just didn’t have that ability to keep the ball.”

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