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VIDEO: Mark Robins on the Sky Blues' League Two fixture against Newport County

Mark Robins previews the Sky Blues clash against the Exiles tomorrow afternoon...

18 August 2017

The Sky Blues welcome Newport County to the Ricoh Arena looking to continue their winning start to the League Two Campaign...

The Exiles are also unbeaten after two games, hitting a late equaliser against Stevanage in a six-goal thriller, before a 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra last time out.

Michael Flynn, who guided the club to League Two safety last season after seven wins in thirteen games, will be in the opposite dugout and Robins is aware the challenge they pose.

"I'm expecting a really tough game, very similar to what we've faced so far. Firstly there will be a physical threat, but they've also got some decent players who will want to come and perform well at the Ricoh.

"Michael Flynn's wife has just given birth this morning so congratulations to him.

"He has done a great job since he took over because they looked almost certain to go down. He managed to keep them in the division and get them going.

"He is a Newport lad, passionate about the club and he'll have them fired up. Obviously they'll want to put on a good performance but we know exactly what we're going to face and we just have to be ready to stand up to what they're going to throw at us."

Robins has been encouraged by the start made this campaign, but warned a level had been set that needed to be matched in the upcoming months.

"It's a case of keep doing what we've been doing. The players have been really good, they've adapted and grafted so for me it is about maintaining that.

"Obviously there is an excitement, we have started well. As long as they work as hard as they possibly can do I have no qualms. There is going to be ups and downs in a season but as long as we continue the levels of desire I'll have no complaints,"

He added: "There is some good quality within the squad, some knowhow and good youngsters pushing the others. I'm enjoying it, ever since I walked through the door I have. I am excited by how we've started but again it has only been five months."


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