Sheffield United: City boss issues order

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MARK Robins, the Coventry City manager, has enrolled his strikers in finishing school after bemoaning the number of chances they are wasting in League One competition.

Despite winning two of their last four games, City’s profligacy in front of goal has been costly in recent weeks with Shrewsbury Town, Carlisle and Preston North End all taking points off tonight’s visitors to Bramall Lane.

Robins, the former Manchester United, Norwich City and Sheffield Wednesday centre-forward, said: “We have got to concentrate more and be more ruthless in the penalty area. That’s why if you can get a goalscorer in there that’s why they are at a premium.

“We do the difficult bit really well. They enjoy getting on the ball and passing and moving it, and when we do that we are effective in terms of creating chances.

“But the way we have to improve is the ratio from chances created to goals scored, and that’s something that we need to practise, and we have been practising.”

Robins, who team were held 1-1 by Sheffield United at the Ricoh Arena earlier this season, added: “It’s a frame of mind; an aggressive frame of mind but you have to be ice cold in terms of your thought processes and body position.

“And then it’s about contact. It’s not something that just happens, you have to work at it.

“That was my game when I played and I found it really easy but it’s an art. That’s why strikers get paid a premium rate because they are capable of finishing those moves off but you can always work to improve aspects.”