Coventry boss Mark Robins has claimed Callum Doyle could have suffered “a serious injury” from Jake Garrett’s challenge during their 1-0 win against Rovers.

Garrett was shown a straight red card five minutes from time as Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men suffered an eighth league defeat of the campaign.

Jamie Allen had earlier got the decisive goal on the stroke of half time, beating Thomas Kaminski from close range.

Robins told the club’s website: “I thought Callum Doyle read [the red card] really well because he’s pulled out, and if he had gone in he would have a serious injury.

“You don’t like seeing anyone sent off, but there were one or two late ones today. All in all, it was a really hard-fought, competitive game and I think we edged it in the end.

"The first half performance was outstanding and, in the second half, we dug in and got through it and kept a clean sheet which is pleasing."

Rovers entered the game on the back of four successive wins, and Robins was delighted his side were able to keep their attack at bay.

The Coventry chief said: “I thought in the first half we were as good as we’ve been for a long time and I thought we were really good value for at least a 1-0 lead.

“Some performances were absolutely out of this world and I’ve never known anything like it with the energy that we did, the desire, commitment. Desire from players should never be doubted, but I think it was a fantastic performance.”

He added: “In terms of the position of Blackburn it was one of those where you’re not fancied or expected to win and you go and win 1-0 and keep a clean sheet.

“The tactical changes they made were clever and it gave them a little more of the ball and our energy was starting to diminish, and that’s what can happen.

“But we stood firm and could’ve had another goal or two. There was some really good football tonight and I’m delighted with the three points."

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