COVENTRY City manager Mark Robins was delighted to see his side move into the FA Cup second round – and notch their first away win of the season – with a 2-0 success at Colchester United.

First-half goals from Jordan Shipley and Sam McCallum saw the Sky Blues make serene progress in a one-sided contest at the JobServe Community Stadium.

It was Coventry’s first away win, having won eight times this season but all at home.

And Robins felt his side’s “phenomenal” work-rate was the key to their success.

“I thought we played really well and controlled the game,” said the former striker, who won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1990.

“It certainly wasn’t easy.

“Colchester are a good side and they play a decent brand of football.

“We know they have threats and saw that at times.

“But I was just pleased we managed to keep control of the game.

“Our possession was good, we created decent chances and the players worked their socks off.

“Their work-rate was phenomenal – as good as it’s been – and now we have to keep performing to that level, because the players have got enough quality to ensure there are more good results away from home.

“We’ve been really unlucky (on the road this season).

“We had three goals disallowed at Bolton Wanderers and were 30 seconds away from a victory against Peterborough.

“But this was overdue and I’m really pleased to get our first away win in the bag.

“The FA Cup is special and now we’re into the second round, which we didn’t manage last season.”