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'We are fully focused on winning'

6 December 2012

Mark Robins hopes his side can bring the JPT confidence into the Saddlers clash...

Coventry City manager Mark Robins says his side are fully focused on claiming an important three points over Midlands rivals Walsall.

The Sky Blues have claimed victory in four of the last six league matches and Mark Robins will be looking for win number ten as City boss.

Fresh from their penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield United which saw the side progress to the semi-finals of the Northern Section in the Johnstone Paint Trophy, Robins wants his side to produce a confident performance against the Saddlers.

The City boss said: “We did well on Tuesday night even though I thought we were lacking slightly in the final third. I still think we need to do better, and we can do better.

“I don’t think we gave them enough problems really and when a team comes here and sets up to defend, we have to do more to break them down and that is what we have to do on Saturday.

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“They have claimed three draws in the last three games and they haven’t played in the last two weeks so they will be up for the game, and we have to be wary of that.

“They have come to watch us twice this week so we will have to look at what we do and maybe try and change a few things.

“All the games we play, we want to win. The players just want to go out and play football matches, and they are all fully focused on doing exactly that.”

Walsall are without a win in 14 matches and have slipped down the League One table to 18th place, despite figuring in the play-offs early on in the season.

Over 10,000 City fans turned out to watch the JPT Northern Section Quarter-Final in midweek and Robins hopes the same atmosphere can be provided when City line up against the Saddlers.

He added: “It was a terrific occasion for the fans as winning a penalty shoot-out is always an uplifting experience. I don’t think I need to encourage them to come as if they want to come, they will come.

“We have to provide the positive experience though and that is when fans will want to come back. Everyone needs to pull together though and that is what makes a football club.

“It was a great atmosphere and I think the players responded to it. If we can keep that positive feeling in the Ricoh Arena, that would provide a massive boost every game. I have been happy with the results lately and we need to keep that up.

“We can improve further and the Walsall match gives us a great opportunity to get some more points and keep the confidence in the side.”

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