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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to the visit of Wycombe at the Ricoh

The Sky Blues face Wycombe Wanderers in SkyBet League Two...

21 December 2017

The Sky Blues welcome fellow promotion chasers Wycombe to the Ricoh Arena as City look to make it two wins in a week at the Ricoh.

City have never faced Wycombe in a league fixture, but beat them twice last season on the road to Checkatrade Trophy success.

“We have got four games in eleven days and I want twelve points”, said Robins.

“There is a fair amount of work to be done. Everybody is going into the Christmas period thinking about family time, but it is different for us because we spend most of the time working.

“The supporters love this period and I think what we do during this time is important because you come out the other side of it with twenty games left, in two blocks of ten.

“Each challenge is different, and each challenge is difficult, and we have got to face that head on and make sure we put a performance in.

“Wycombe is the first game on the agenda and that is the most important one for now.”

The Chairboys are two points ahead of Mark Robins’ side and two points off the automatic promotion places as they enter the busy festive period.

“The performance tomorrow is really important for us. We know that if we win tomorrow then we can go just a point outside the automatic places.

“Going into Christmas with an extra three points is really important. We need to focus on the process and what we need to do to achieve it.

“This is our 23rd game, so this is the turn. This is where we start heading for home. We have to focus on what we are doing and try at all cost to get these three points.

The Sky Blues have no new injury concerns ahead of the clash, but Jodi Jones (ACL), Tony Andreu (ACL) and Liam Kelly (heel) all remain out with their long-term injuries.

Rod McDonald picked up a knock during last week’s win over Cheltenham, but is back in contention for this one.

“McDonald is fit, so we have got no issues on that front. There are a few bumps and bruises after Cheltenham, which is as you would expect.

“The loss of each player changes the dynamic of the team and then it is about working out what you have got. There are a lot of younger players who are in and around the squad again.

He added: “Everybody is looking for consistency. We are just starting to show signs of rhythm, but any injuries are just opportunities for someone else which is incentive for everyone. Anyone is just a couple of injuries away from the first team squad and that is the same with anyone.”

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