Coventry City produced a disciplined away performance on Sunday afternoon to earn an excellent 2-1 victory at Oxford United thanks to a deflected Jordan Shipley strike and an opening strike for the club from Conor Chaplin from the penalty spot.
Chaplin showed exactly why he was Mark Robins main striking target following the sale of Marc McNulty with a display that was reminiscent of the departed frontman.
His link-up play with Jonson Clarke-Harris led to Shipley’s opener and Robins praised both of his forwards afterwards, saying: “Jonson Clarke-Harris was brilliant, he has worked his socks off. He put them under pressure which is what you want.”
Given the names not in the City starting line-up there is plenty of hope for optimism now that the dust has settled on the transfer window and Robins has landed the majority of the players that he wanted to go alongside the bulk of the squad that won promotion last season.
In his brief first spell at the club and since his return to the Ricoh Arena it has been the recruitment of players that Robins has got right so often and all the signs point to that being the case again in 2018/19.
Some of his fringe players will get an opportunity on Wednesday evening in a Football League Trophy clash with Arsenal Under-21’s but the real business resumes on Saturday when a Barnsley side revitalised by their new German management team visit the Ricoh.