Robins delighted with scalp

Coventry manager Mark Robins praised his team's "winning qualities" after they condemned Tranmere to only their fifth defeat of the season.

Last Updated: 17/01/13 at 10:47

Robins: Full of praise

Robins: Full of praise

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The Sky Blues showed two sides to their game to overcome the League One leaders 1-0 at the Ricoh Arena.

They dominated Ronnie Moore's men in the opening period and should have had more to show for it than Leon Clarke's 19th-minute strike from close range. But Rovers came back at City in the second half and the hosts ended up hanging on.

Robins said of his team: "They showed winning qualities. I thought we played really well in the first half. We played less well in the second half.

"They changed their shape for the first time this season which was a compliment to us and we showed that they warranted doing that in the first half because I thought we passed it really well.

"We deserved the lead. All the stats were in our favour in the first half and in the second half I thought they edged it.

"We started to become a little bit sloppy and they caught us on the break and outnumbered us a couple of times and it took an inspired Joe Murphy to get us out of the mire and keep a clean sheet.

"The important thing was the three points and the players have come up trumps so I am delighted on two fronts."

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