Mark Robins hails Coventry match-winner Jordy Hiwula
Mark Robins hailed match-winner Jordy Hiwula as the Coventry striker ensured former club Fleetwood Town left City’s Ricoh Arena with a 2-1 defeat.
Hiwula’s 42nd-minute curling effort sent City to within three points of sixth-placed Doncaster Rovers and built a four-point cushion between themselves and 10th-placed Town.
Robins said: ‘I thought Jordy Hiwula was outstanding on the night.
‘His energy was really good and his skill and desire to get in the penalty area for his shot, and his finish was clinical.
‘I was right behind it and he nearly broke the net with it so it was an outstanding goal to win us the game.
‘ City took the lead as Alex Cairns’ clearance bounced back off Amadou Bakayoko in the sixth minute.
Ched Evans levelled in the 33rd minute with a goal that less than thrilled Robins, but he was delighted to see Hiwula give his side the points.
He said: ‘We conceded a poor goal in the first half for them to equalise, having taken the lead through Bakayoko, who I thought deserved the goal because of his work-rate.
‘He closed the keeper down and got the block on him and it has gone in the back of the net.
‘Usually they go anywhere and it did go anywhere but thankfully it was the right anywhere and end in the back of the net.
‘There was a little bit of fortune but he deserved it because he made his luck.
‘And then we didn’t defend well enough in the first half against crosses and ended up giving corners away and gave them too much ground.
‘It dropped to Paddy Madden who hit the bar and then Evans put it in, which was disappointing.
‘ Fleetwood recorded 22 shots compared to Coventry’s eight and manager Joey Barton rued Town’s bad luck.
He said: ‘Some real good stuff.
The chances fall to your Paddy Maddens.
One bobbles up, hits his shin and he usually puts them away.
‘He has three or four chances and he is disappointed.
Normally he converts them.
‘Sometimes you need that rub of the green and the key for us is coming to a stadium of a team above us and absolutely pump them.
‘I’m pleased with that but disappointed we did not take one point never mind three from here.
‘We were much the better side for large parts of it.
But that is football.
Sometimes you do not get what you deserve.
‘There have been times this season when perhaps we have done that and you just have to accept that that is par for the course.’