Coventry City moved into the top-half of League One with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon, inflicting a first league defeat of the season on their opponents in the process.
It was a match that could have gone either way, the quality of the visitors adding to the pleasure that Mark Robins took from an excellent display from the home side.
“I thought we were the better team even though they gave us a really tough afternoon,” was his verdict after Jordan Willis got in where it hurts to bundle home a set-piece just as both sides looked to be ready to share the spoils at the Ricoh Arena.
“We gave them a tough afternoon as well,” said Robins and well may he be pleased given that Barnsley were in the Championship last season and have earned plaudits for the quality of their play under their new German management team in the early weeks of the new campaign.
The Sky Blues are settling nicely into League One life and a number of the new faces to the squad are showing just why Robins brought them in.
Struggling Bristol Rovers are next up, this coming Saturday, before two home matches that will firmly test City’s mettle (and please the money men as both opponents will bring large travelling supports) against Sunderland and Portsmouth.