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

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Robins: Full of praise

Robins: Full of praise

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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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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