Mark Robins said he was delighted for Coventry City’s fans after Easter Monday’s confidence boosting victory over Bristol City.
The Sky Blues took a thoroughly deserved full three points that eased relegation concerns as they put a seven point gap between themselves and third from bottom Rotherham United who slipped up with a crushing 3-0 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.
Leo Ostigard gave City a ninth minute lead before Matty Godden doubled the advantage from the penalty spot following a foul on Tyler Walker in the box just after the hour.
And although the Robins pulled one back ten minutes from time to make for a nervous end to the game, Callum O’Hare set up Viktor Gyokeres on the counter attack to secure the win three minutes from time.
Here’s every word from the manager after the 3-1 victory at St Andrew’s:
Reaction after QPR defeat:
“The reaction is all credit to the players who got themselves together
“They have had a conversation among themselves because they knew that Friday was nowhere near the standards we have set over the last four years.
“And that was a big, big disappointment. You can say we have been lacking in confidence and there was doubts creeping into players’ heads. But get rid of it! And in fairness they have done that.
“They got themselves together, they had a chat among themselves and it’s not just talk because talk is cheap. They’ve come in today, worked their socks, fought for each other.
“From Friday to today, it’s chalk and cheese – we didn’t lay a glove on anybody on Friday and we have to be better than that. The players, in all fairness, have responded.
“The senior players have got together, it was an unacceptable performance on Friday, and they’ve just had their say. For me that’s growing up and standing up and being counted.
“It’s not just stayed in the dressing room, it’s been taken out on to the pitch so I’m absolutely delighted.”
“We started on the front foot and didn’t stop until the end.
“We didn’t perform on Friday so credit to the players because they have bounced back and not only put in a really good shift but showed a bit of character.
“I’m happy with everybody. Matty Godden hit the post in the first half and we got a goal from Leo who has been waiting to get a goal from a set play, and it wasn’t the usual way, but he ended up getting a volley from the throw-in.
“The two strikers getting on the end of things and it’s through the work-rate of all of them, but Tyler Walker in particular who put in a really good shift today.
“Matty’s movement was good and he linked the play with the others and Callum (O’Hare) was his usual busy self who created the third one and been involved heavily in anything we did.”
“They’ve not played brilliant football, it’s a scrap at this stage of the season but I’m happy for the scrap, I’m happy that they’ve performed the way they have and that they have battled to a really good victory against a side that, before the season started, were aiming for the top six.
“The character was there and, for me today, that was what it was all about – they’ve shown that they want to stay in the division and, more than that, that they want to do it in a good way.
“It wasn’t a brilliant game and there are a lot like that. We watched the Watford/Middlesbrough game before and it was similar to that – up in the air a bit. And at this stage of the season the games are a bit frenetic with a lack of quality at times, but the bits of quality we did show resulted in us getting goals, and that’s the main thing.
“We wanted to try to get all over them and that’s what we did. That’s nothing more than the supporters deserve and nothing more than the players deserve after the shift they have put in.”
Home v away:
“While we are at home we feel we can beat anyone. Away from home it has been a different story. But for the last four games away from home we have to work to try to get something and just flip it slightly. It doesn’t need a great deal but the next away game at Bournemouth is a big one.”
On the goal conceded from McFadzean back pass:
“The only down side for me was the goal that we conceded. But we didn’t fold, so there’s a positive on the back of a negative.
“We say it every week, and unless we can completely get rid of those stupid errors. It didn’t affect us today in terms of the points but it could easily have done.
“And unless we get rid of those errors, that’s what costs you, and that’s what costs us away from home.
“If you are continuously making those mistakes the players at this level are going to go and punish you. That’s the biggest thing. Just keep your concentration and get rid of the ball.
“It looks like it becomes easy or they get themselves in a position where they play tight, and then they get closed down. He could have opened himself up and gone out the other side and been out of the way, but he didn’t.
“He ended up turning round and playing it back blind and Nahki Wells has gone, ‘thanks very much,’ so yes, I’m massively disappointed with the goal because that’s something we have to stop.”
On Josh Eccles’ full Championship debut:
“Josh Eccles gave us an element of control on the right-hand side, he’s also given me a chance to rest Julien Dacosta, we need everybody fit.
“It was a really good debut from Josh in that position.”
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“It’s been a long road back for him. It’s not a moment too soon because we have missed him for most of this campaign.
“For us, it’s the equivalent of Manchester United losing Marcus Rashford. But we have had to deal with it.”
Tyler and Matty together for first time?
“Yes, absolutely, although I thought we were going to lose Godders when he went down injured holding his foot. It was a slightly different feel to his previous foot injury but he has managed to get through and get his goal.
“He hit the post earlier on and I know he’ll be beating himself up about it. I think the goalkeeper may have got a touch to it but even so, Matty Godden in a game or twos time sticks that in the back of the net without any sort of quibbles.
“But I am pleased for him because he’s ended up getting his penalty and he’s been practising them, as he normally does, and he stuck it away really well and we’ve ended up in a situation that’s led to three goals at home and should build a bit of confidence going into the next game away from home.”
Three goals for first time since December:
“Absolutely and it could have been more.
“When you have got the strikers working like they are you have a chance. Tyler worked tirelessly and put himself about, which is something that’s in his game and that’s why we brought him here.
“He’s also got capability of scoring as well, and I thought our strikers had the beating of their back line and with Callum O’Hare working in behind and getting off the back of them, it was good to see because we stretched their back line pretty well.”
Two wins away from safety?
“Who knows. Who knows. It could be anything. We just need to keep working and if we keep putting in shifts like that, and are prepared to put our bodies on the line, then we’re going to create chances.
“It was a tough afternoon but brilliant three points and we move on.”
On seven point gap with Rotherham:
“I’m not talking about points. It doesn’t matter. We have seven games left and 21 points to play for, so it doesn’t make any difference until it’s mathematically impossible for us to slip through the trap door then we have got to keep winning games.”
On Rotherham slipping up:
“It doesn’t make any difference to me. I have said before you either worry about others or don’t worry about others. I don’t want to even look at anyone else. As long as it’s in our hands then let’s deal with it.
“Let’s be men and try to try to deal with the situation and then it will hold you in good stead for the rest of your lives, never mind just this season.”