Robins rolls up his sleeves

Robins: Feels players lack confidence

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Coventry's new boss Mark Robins said he had inherited a side with zero confidence after Saturday's 2-1 home loss to Carlisle in League One.

Former Barnsley manager Robins, appointed as Andy Thorn's successor this week, believes a fresh mental approach is required as he aims to halt the Sky Blues' slide.

Carlisle took the lead after 25 minutes at the Ricoh Arena when Danny Cadamarteri scored from the penalty spot before David McGoldrick levelled seven minutes before half-time

Danny Livesey headed Carlisle back in front after 57 minutes and despite MCGoldrick and substitute Cody McDonald both hitting the post, the visitors held on.

Robins said: "The clear thing from the game is that we are completely bereft of confidence. If we pass the ball forward with purpose we're going to create chances because they are better players than the opposition.

"In terms of individual performances, there were some decent ones, certainly in terms of work ethic. It's a mental thing. We are in a period where, we are not accepting defeats, but we are looking to take an easy option and pass it back to the goalkeeper rather than pass it to someone in the middle of the park who is marked."