Coventry City ended up with a solitary point from their away trips to Blackpool and Gillingham but Mark Robins was pleased with the reaction of his players in Kent on Saturday to a below-par display by the seaside in midweek.
“On the back of the result from the other day, we obviously worked on things on Thursday and Friday and spoke about what we need to do as a team to keep our identity, not get away from that and believe in it,” he told the official CCFC website after seeing the Gills fight back to level Jonson Clarke-Harris’s opener at Priestfield.
The result leaves the Sky Blues with five points from as many games on their return to League One, a start that Robins will feel could have been better but which still represents a solid enough return for a side that finished 7th in League Two last season.
The fine lines that determine football fate have been clearly demonstrated this weekend with the sacking of Kevin Nolan by Notts County just a few short months after the play-off semi-finals against City which Nolan believed were turned by contentious decisions in both legs.
It could easily have been the Sky Blues having to prepare for another season in League Two but instead they have continuity in the dug-out and on the pitch as well with a large number of that successful squad still at the club.
Fringe players will get a chance to impress in the Under-23 fixture at Bolton in midweek before the first team return to the Ricoh on Saturday afternoon against Rochdale.