Mark Robins left South London a satisfied man on Saturday after his Coventry City side earned their first point of the League One season with a goalless draw against AFC Wiimbledon.
Praising the defensive display of his team while admitting that there is still work to be done going forward, Robins is confident that his new signings will continue to gel over the next few weeks as matches come thick and fast for the Sky Blues.
Saturday’s stalemate comes on the back of a busy week in the transfer market, both of arrivals (Amadou Bakayoko coming in from Walsall) and departures (Peter Vincenti leaving for Macclesfield), and it’s worth comparing the transfer window just closed with the one that City endured the last time they were in League One.
Two seasons ago the deadline closed with the Sky Blues scrabbling around for free transfers or loan signings but failing to come anywhere near replacing the quality of players they had lost during the summer and leaving Tony Mowbray with a squad woefully ill-equipped for the task in hand.
In contrast, Robins has added considerably to last season’s promotion-winners and hopefully addressed the hole left by the Marc McNulty sale.
Not only that but City have pursued a two-tier recruitment strategy, bringing in a number of players ready to come straight into the first team and with League One experience already under their belts but also strengthening the Under-23 ranks with a raft of Non-League swoops.
17-year-old defender Sam McCallum is the latest of those having caught the eye at the Jamie Vardy V9 Academy over the summer.
City’s Under-23’s kick off their season away to Leeds United on Monday before the first team travel to Oxford United in the League Cup the following evening.
Plymouth Argyle are the visitors to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.