‘Sky divers’ – Mark Robins jumps to Coventry City defense amid fears of gaining reputation
Mark Robins insists he doesn’t want his Coventry City team labeled ‘sky divers’ after Callum O’Hare was given a yellow card for being lowered into the box in front of TV cameras.
The Sky Blues midfielder crashed as he dribbled into the zone in the second half, tried to tackle two challenges, the second of which was that of former City favorite John Fleck, who immediately made it diving movements with his hands, accusing O’Hare of diving. .
Referee Michael Salisbury quickly booked the 23-year-old who had tried to stand on first contact, which his manager said resulted in a cut to his leg, proving there had been contact.
âI just told them in the locker room, we’ll be known as the Sky Divers if we’re not careful,â said Robins, speaking after the goalless draw at Bramall Lane.
âThe last time Matty Godden (against Fulham on Sky cameras) was punished in retrospect. This time, Callum took a reservation for something where there is a contact. He suffered fouls all day and is the most at fault in the championship. He doesn’t dive. He doesn’t come down too easily and he has had contact.
“I asked him the question and he showed me the cut in my ankle so the refs are there to make the decisions and unfortunately for us at that point he didn’t give it.”
He added: âIt’s like the one in Blackburn where Vik (Gyokeres) fell and it’s not cheap but his ankle had come up like a ball. Umpires have tough jobs and you get and don’t get others, but like I said, that’s not a dishonest thing.
âWe don’t want to be known like Sky Divers do.
âThere is contact, there is no doubt. If that puts him out of balance, he collapses. That’s what it does but I don’t think there is a dip, whether it’s in the box or out of the box.
Speaking of the game in general, Robins was happy with a hard-fought point against a team where he spent the last two seasons in the Premier League.
âIt was a very good point; it was a tough game, âhe said.
âThey’ve changed shape and are back to where they were for the past four years and have good quality players who always make it difficult.
“For us the last time we came here we lost 2-0 on our way to Ligue 2 so we took totally different paths, and the fact that we came and really faced them is a testament to all the work that has taken place over the past four or five years.
âFrom that point of view, it’s good. I thought we could have cut it when we had a decent chance or two. I thought we were better in the first half, then I ran out of legs in the second.
“Fanky Dabo, playing on the wrong side, deserves huge credit for him, worked really hard and came back and had the foresight to come back and clear one from mid-goal under real pressure.”
United got stronger as the game progressed, substitute David McGoldrick adding to their threat as he continued as City clung to their clean sheet.
âWe were just a little bit on our feet at the end when we had worked really hard and worked really hard, and that’s what happens when you play against the best players, and they are,â said Robins.
“But to get a clean sheet here … we’ll take it because if you don’t take your chance, and we’ve had one or two, you’ve picked the wrong option once or twice and I’m just thinking of running. of Jamie Allen in the middle and Callum O’Hare didn’t play the pass. If he had played it, I think for me Jamie scored them all week, so he’s one of those where you have a little blues.
âBut I can’t be too critical because they worked so hard. The pace of work was good and part of the quality too. I just felt we were a little unlucky not to get three points, but they’re a good team.