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Robins wants composure from his strikers as City's struggle for goals goes on.

Byline: ANDY TURNER andy.turner@trinitymirror.com

MARK Robins admits his Coventry City strikers are too anxious in front of goal as a stack of chances went begging as they slipped to defeat to League Two strugglers Forest Green Rovers.

The Sky Blues' second defeat at the Ricoh Arena in the division this term was all the more galling after the visitors were handed their goal by a goalkeeping error for the second time this season, having lost by the odd goal to Newport County for the same reason earlier in the campaign.

Liam O'Brien was at fault on that occasion back on August 19 - the last time second from bottom Rovers had won a game - but it was Lee Burge this time who couldn't hold a moving shot that looked to like it would be denied by a routine catch.

"I'm really disappointed and frustrated because in the cold light of day we have created a lot of opportunities to score and not done it again," said Robins, whose goal-shy attack's inability to score magnified the keeper's error in the 1-0 defeat.

"It's certainly a concern and we're just going through a difficult week. We have had a poor game on Saturday at Accrington and again tonight it turns out a poor result. I think we took too long to have our first shot on goal, not until 20 minutes and you could see in the play early on that they are becoming too anxious.

"That was certainly not what we were looking to do. We were looking to get efforts on goal as early as we possible could and then we had some snap shots and we tried to force things, so there was some poor decision making.

"We have to relax, work hard, but relax because it looks like we are trying to score the perfect goal. We had some good balls into the box and good contact and when their goalkeeper has made good saves we've had poor contact on the ball.

"We had 24 shots on goal but it's a difficult period, so we need to make sure we stick together and don't over-react and move on."

As for Burge's error, he said: "It was similar to the one we conceded against Newport, so that's the second one this season here when the opposition haven't had to work for it.

"It moved a hell of a lot and it was difficult but it still shouldn't go in the back of the net."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 18, 2017
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