PRE MATCH | Robinson challenges his players to end season strongly

George Jones reports

Karl Robinson has challenged his players to build some momentum in their final four matches of the season.

The Addicks got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon by beating play-off chasing Southend United at The Valley and ahead of the Easter weekend - in which we will face two games in just four days - Robinson wants his side to push on from on their victory.

“It was a very important win but no game is more important than the next," the Manager said. “Off the back off it, it settles one or two nerves but now it is meaningless heading into the Coventry game on Friday.

“As I’ve said before, one win does not make you a good team. You can enjoy it but it’s about building some momentum in the last few games of the season and focussing on the challenges that lie ahead of us.

“The next challenge it to try and get back-to-back wins and to then try and stay unbeaten until the end of the season.

“That’s got to be the aim of me, the team and everyone in the building. You can’t just think that you have cracked it with one result, and I think that has been a bit of a problem.

“There may have been a bit of a feeling that ‘oh, we’ve won one game, we’re a good team’. That couldn’t be further from the truth – good teams consistently put performances in and points on the table. That’s got to be our aim and I want us to go into the Easter weekend at our best.”

Coventry sit bottom of the League One table but have been in excellent form of late, winning four of their last five games.

And Robinson says he knows what to expect from Mark Robins’ Sky Blues.

He said: “I went to watch them against Oxford at Wembley and they made it very difficult for Oxford. I was sat with the Coventry fans and the support that they had on the day was quite remarkable.

“That unity between players and fans was almost unplayable for Oxford. The noise levels were incredible and the players performed really well off the back of that.

“I’ve seen Coventry at their best. They have got strikers that can score goals, midfielders with tremendous rotation, an improving back four and wide players that can hurt anyone in this league.

“The Manager has gone in there and has really galvanised them and we’ll have to go there and perform to the best of our ability.”

After Coventry on Friday, the Addicks will host Gillingham on Monday and the Manager is eyeing points in both fixtures.

He said: “This team and these players are capable of winning all four matches and if we don’t then we’ll only be able to blame ourselves.”

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