Shaun Derry has hailed Mark Robins’s “unbelievable” achievement in steering Coventry City to the brink of the Championship play-off places.
The Sky Blues’ 4-1 win at Blackpool means that they are just three points behind sixth-placed Millwall with eight matches to play after next week’s international break.
And Derry, the former Notts County and Cambridge United manager, thinks that Robins deserves all the credit for keeping them in the hunt.
“You look at some of the teams in and around the top six and there’s a lot of pressure on them to get into the Premier League, the promised land,” he said.
“It’s massive, but if you think about the job Mark Robins has done it’s absolutely unbelievable. He’s a complete safe pair of hands at that football club but now he’s got some brilliant players – young players, real aggressive players in the final third – and that was a massive win today.”
Derry, sacked from the Crystal Palace coaching staff last month but tipped for a return to Selhurst Park after Patrick Vieira’s departure, was one of the pundits on the EFL highlights show alongside ex-Scotland international striker Jamie Mackie.
And the pair had some sympathy with Blackpool boss Mick McCarthy who claimed that Viktor Gyokeres should have seen red after his off-the-ball clash with Callum Connolly, and insisted the Tangerines were denied a second penalty when Gustavo Hamer tripped Jerry Yates.
“When we first saw it, Shaun and I, we weren’t sure,” said Mackie – “I thought there wasn’t loads in it.
“The more I’ve seen it I think Viktor Gykores is a lucky boy. I think he’s had sort of half a left hook, maybe a little kick-out. There’s a couple there and maybe he’s got away with it – then he pops up to provide the assist to Sheaf who finishes it really well.
“The second contentious decision? In my opinion it is a penalty.
“Hamer’s worked really hard to get back, Yates goes to shoot and he gets clipped. I’d feel very aggrieved if I was Mick McCarthy.”