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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to tomorrows clash against Cheltenham

City welcome the Robins to the Ricoh Arena...

15 December 2017

Mark Robins’ side welcome Cheltenham Town to the Ricoh Arena as the Sky Blues look to make amends for last weekend’s defeat to Morecambe.

The Sky Blues fell to a 2-0 defeat at the Globe Arena last time out and the City boss expects the Robins to be a similar test.

“Saturday the first time this season that I have been disappointed because it did not look like we were going to win the game, at all,” said Robins.

“Now we are coming up against a team again tomorrow who will play the same. They have only won one game in six.

“Cheltenham will work hard. I know their manager wants a reaction and for them to start picking up points away from home, and he has a good record at the Ricoh.

 “We have been working on specifics and demanding more. We do not go into the game in bad spirits.

“Decision making has been key for us and sometimes we make the wrong choices. We never really concede that many shots, accept for last week, but when you are without Liam Kelly, Tony Andreu and Jodi Jones it does have an impact and baring on things.

“We are looking forward to it. They have something that they know they have to improve upon away from home and we have to bounce back from last week’s no-show.”

The squad have been battling the conditions this week, as the region was dumped in two-inches of snow. The staff at City’s training base, Sky Blue Lodge, have worked hard to clear the pitches allowing the Sky Blues to train as normal.

“The weather has been a factor this week for everybody, so it had been a little different. The ground staff have been magnificent because they have had a lot of snow to shift.

“They are out this morning again. They have worked tirelessly.

“The frost will have been a problem for everyone though. Cheltenham have had a bad downpour themselves. Different challenges for different teams and we must overcome that.

“Yesterday we were able to use a full pitch, which was nice.”

After a successful operation, Jodi Jones has now joined Tony Andreu in the gym as the pair continue to fight back from ACL injuries.

Jones and Andreu are both fighting to be back fit for the start of next season.

“Jodi’s operation has gone well. Now he starts his rehabilitation and the road to recovery.

“I spoke to him in length yesterday and I asked him if he was fit for Tuesday, and I could see him about to say yes.” he said with a laugh.

“He has a little bit of a road ahead of him, but one positive it that we have two players recovering from that same injury so they can keep each other company. Andreu is about eight weeks ahead of him.

“Those two are really good players so it is disappointing.” 

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