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An early second half brace from Ivan Toney saw Coventry City slip to their third Championship defeat of the season at promotion hopefuls Brentford.
The Sky Blues were on the back foot for much of a testing first half at the brand new Brentford Community Stadium where the home side got at them from the first whistle – testing Marko Marosi with barely 30 seconds on the clock.
The No.1 made a smart reaction save to keep his side in the game when he denied centre-back Pontus Jansson from one of six corners in the first 21 minutes as City managed to weather the relentless waves of attack.
It took until ten minutes from the break before the visitors troubled the Bees’ keeper for the first time, when Ben Sheaf hit a shot from a tight angle – one of only two attempts on goal in the opening 45, and only one on target.
Sky Blues boss sets players challenge
Mark Robins has challenged his Coventry City players to show more belief in their ability after slipping to the club’s third Championship defeat of the season.
The Sky Blues were sunk by an early second half brace from the division’s hotshot, Ivan Toney, at the Brentford Community Stadium, after which the visitors suddenly began to play like the manager knows they can.
“Look, I think we are clearly a team that’s been promoted from League One that’s trying to find our feet and taking a bit too long to do that during games,” said the manager, speaking after the 2-0 defeat.
“But we have got to remember who we are playing against and the level we have come in to is a huge step up.
City player tests positive
Mark Robins has revealed that Coventry City striker Tyler Walker was absent from today’s match at Brentford after testing positive for coronavirus.
The 24-year-old summer signing is said to be “asymptomatic” but now self-isolating for a period of nine days.
His absence has opened the door for fans’ favourite Max Biamou who appears to have been given a lifeline after being called into the matchday squad for the first time in the Championship this season.
Robins revealed after the 2-0 defeat at Brentford: “Tyler tested positive yesterday. He’s asymptomatic but obviously following the rules now and he will be out for nine more days.”