Coventry City boss Mark Robins hailed his MK Dons match winners – Tyler Walker and Marko Marosi.

The Sky Blues progressed through the first round of the Carabao Cup at Stadium:MK courtesy of a single poacher’s goal from summer signing from Nottingham Forest, Walker.

But the 23-year-old was only able to seal victory on his debut for his new club after goalkeeper Marosi pulled off four impressive saves, including one from the penalty spot.

“We did it really well and managed to get the best chances in the game other than the penalty,” said Robins, of the 1-0 season opening win.



Milton Keynes Dons' Dean Lewington (left) in action with Coventry City's Tyler Walker.
Milton Keynes Dons’ Dean Lewington (left) in action with Coventry City’s Tyler Walker.

“The save from that was a really good save, outstanding, and kept us in it but the chance they did have when they went through and he saved it was a match winning save. So he’s made a couple of match winning saves really.

“And as soon as that happens you know you’re going to get chances against them. It’s just a question of whether you are going to take them but thankfully Tyler took one.

“That’s what we brought him in for and it’s a great goal to register and get us into the next round, because we really wanted to get through.

“It’s brilliant for him to start with a goal but you can see he’s short of match practice. Both him and Bakayoko went on and did an unbelievable amount of running in a short space of time.

“But if we are better with the ball then we can cause teams a lot of problems.”

Asked if he sees Walker as an instinctive fox in the box, the manager said: “Absolutely, he’s rolled his man and managed to get his shot away that’s gone right in the middle of the goal.

“And it was really welcome because it meant they had to come out and then we had another chance with Baka hitting the outside of the post with his second shot. I thought his first would go through but the keeper made a decent block but I expected to win the game 2-0 at that point.”

He added: “There’s a lot of things to pick out of this one and learn from it.

“It was a good game for us although I don’t think playing them two weeks ago really helped, but we managed to get through, which is the most important thing, and going into next week this has been a really good, competitive exercise.”





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