Coventry City recorded a fine 1-0 victory over Sunderland this weekend, with striker Matty Godden grabbing the only goal of a tense encounter at St Andrew’s.
The result saw them move to the top of the table, the first time a Sky Blues side have topped a division in 53 years according to Coventry Live. after such a long spell in the top flight, it isn’t surprising they’ve struggled to top any league, but manager Mark Robins is refusing to get complacent.
The promotion picture in League One is tight and his side has some tough fixtures coming up, not least against a side in the Championship as recently as last season.
“If you start looking at the end, looking at game 11 in this run, and we’re looking at this as the start of a four-game block, we will keep the focus on that and our next opponents Ipswich,” he told Coventry Live.
“What we need to do is keep focus against a team who were in the Championship last season. There are a lot of tough games to come. After that we’ve got Shrewsbury, so there are no easy games.
“We have still got to play Oxford and Burton here, still got to go to Gillingham and if you start looking too far ahead you can come unstuck. We won’t be doing anything different, just taking it game by game and seeing if we can come up with the answers.”
Coventry last topped a division back in 1967, the season they earned promotion to the top flight. They remained there until the turn of the century, but have since experienced a rapid decline, even spending one season in the bottom division.
They’re now two points clear of Rotherham, a side held to a draw at the weekend, with a game in hand. Portsmouth are five points behind having played the same number of games as the Sky Blues.
Coventry have surprised a few this season; playing away from the Ricoh was meant to leave them at a disadvantage, but instead they’ve dealt with it admirably.
Mark Robins had his hands tied a little in the transfer window too, struggling to bring in players due to the restricted budget imposed upon him as a result of not having bumper home crowds.
The supporters who have stuck with the side have been rewarded and a return to the Championship after an eight-year absence now looks likely.