Mark Robins has warned that if any of his players are not up for the challenge then he’ll pick someone else ahead of arguably their biggest game of the season on Thursday night.

Coventry City travel to Rotherham United on Thursday night in the very definition of a ‘six-pointer’ with the Sky Blues looking to increase their gap on the side who currently side third from bottom.

Rotherham sit six points behind City with three games in hand going into this week, which will be cut to two games come Thursday night’s clash at New York Stadium following the Millers’ home match with QPR on Tuesday evening.

Coventry were dealt a blow on Saturday when they fell to a 4-1 defeat at play-off hunting Bournemouth, but Robins is keen not to let that defeat effect his side’s mindset ahead of what he’s described as six ‘cup finals’.

“I want them to move on from it but I do want them to learn from things and be in a positive frame of mind for the last six,” said the Coventry boss.

“And Thursday is and always has been a big game, and will be a big game for both clubs because both want to get positive results.”

Asked about the pressure on the players to perform in such a big game, he added: “It is what it is and you have to be able to deal with it.

“This is football. If you’re frightened, tell me that it’s not for you and I’ll pick someone else.

“They have to be ready for it because you have to at some point stand up and be counted. Otherwise, what are you doing?

“You’re in a sport and both teams want to win. The ones that do the right things more often and make the least mistakes and work the hardest – all those things come into play.

“But this is no more significant than any other game we play other than we have got six games left.”

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