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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks back on City's 3-2 victory over Wycombe Wanderers

The Sky Blues make it two wins in a week at the Ricoh...

22 December 2017

The Sky Blues have made it two wins in a week at the Ricoh after a 3-2 victory over Wycombe Wanderes.

A Marc McNulty brace followed a Michael Doyle screamer to give Mark Robins' side all three points on the manager's 48th birthday.

"What Wycombe do, they do effectively," said Robins.

"I think the ball has got a headache. Akinfenwa is one of the strongest footballers playing today and he is very difficult to deal with, but we had to make sure that we were ready for the aerial bombardment. 

"Gareth Ainsworth set his stall out. He had three very experiences players upfront in Akinfenwa, Mackail-Smith and Nathan Tyson, who has a lot of pace himself.

"I thought we were very good. We moved the ball well. After two minutes we could have easily gone ahead and ended up taking the lead with a sublime shot that Doyle has been working on in training,” he said with a laugh.

“McNulty was a live wire today. The second goal was a brilliant ball from Vincenti that put their right-back on the back-foot. It was a very well taken goal and it put us in a commanding position.

“We rushed a little to try and get a third goal and helped them back into it. Losing Vincenti before that goal, in the manner that he went off, gave us a little uneasiness. That was a turning point and it ended up with the ball in the back of the net right on half-time.

“After half-time we knew that we had to start brightly, but they ended up getting a penalty that was very soft. I thought our penalty then was an evener, it was just as soft, but I was pleased to get it.

“Then we drew the second half one-all, and that was enough for us.

“For us, at this time of year, it is a terrific result that puts us in good spirits and a good position ahead of boxing day.”

Despite his contribution, Vincenti was substituted just before half-time when he went down twisting his knee badly.

However, the wide man did walk off the field, something that neither Jodi Jones or Tony Andreu were able to do after going down in similar ways.

“He has ended up falling under a challenge and it did not look nice.

“He seems to have settled after the game so that seems okay. I think there is a little bit of swelling there but if there is not too much damage done then we are happy.

“He is important for us. We worked hard today. Their goalkeeper was kicking the ball a mile and we needed to press him so he cannot keep dropping the ball on the back four.

“Biamou was spent. He has been ill for a few days this week and he has worked his socks off today. He wanted to take the penalty but McNulty is our penalty taker, so he took it.

“Biamou’s goals will come. I am so pleased with the work rate. He was unlucky today.”

He added: “Today was a moving game. We have moved up the table and overtaken Wycombe. It puts us in a really good position.

“We have got a rhythm. There is a new player coming in, and it will give us a lift.”


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