Coventry City manager Mark Robins has accused Bristol City player Tommy Rowe of play acting during their defeat on Saturday.
The Sky Blues lost the game 2-1 at Ashton Gate, in what was a hard fought display on show from both sets of players on the opening day of the Championship season.
Robins has suggested that Tommy Rowe was a number of players who looked to get Gustavo Hamer sent-off after he received a booking after just 12 minutes of the match.
The Coventry boss was forced to substitute Hamer on the hour mark, and he has made it clear that he believes this was because of the way the Bristol City players were acting towards the midfielder during the game, including one particular incident regarding Tommy Rowe.
Speaking to Bristol Live, Robins said: “Tommy Rowe threw himself on the floor in the first half to try to get him (Hamer) sent off.
“So that’s another thing. The level is different and you don’t necessarily see it at the level down.
“There was no real contact and then they start to get onto the referee and he starts to react to it.”
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It’s interesting to see that it gets worse the higher the leagues get, but Robins and his players have to learn to cope with this kind of trickery as a lot of teams look to try and use this to their advantage throughout the Championship.
The Sky Blues gave a good account of themselves in their first match back in the division, but will now look to work and tweak key things that can help them stay in the division and match others.
Robins will have been fuming with the way the Bristol City players reacted, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to his Coventry side learn a few tricks from the opposition.