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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins assesses the Sky Blues' 0-0 draw against Liverpool

City opened the Boro Tournament with a goalless draw against Liverpool's development side...

29 July 2017

The Sky Blues have begun the Boro Tournament with a goalless draw against Liverpool XI at Liberty Way.

Mark Robins named an un unchanged eleven from the side that started against last week’s 2-0 victory over MK Dons.

Eight of that starting line-up added another 90 minutes to their preparations for next week’s season opener against Notts County.

“It was another clean sheet for us as we go into the final week without any injuries, that is how I view it,” said Robins.

“We had some decent passages of play in the first half and some decent passages of play in the second half also.

“We certainly were not clinical enough but it is another 90 minutes under our belts against a team who are from the Premier League and play a different way to what we are used to.

“I think that from our point of view we allowed the game to be too slow. For me it was a monotonous game and we did not get to grips with them early enough.

“When we did get to grips with them however, we played some decent stuff and we got down the sides of them fairly regularly.

Marc McNulty and Peter Vincenti both came close for the Sky Blues but neither could find a way to break the deadlock, part thanks to a strong performance by Shamal George.

“McNulty looked bright again, Vincenti is a real handful and I think Biamou can be a real handful, he just has to learn the game a little bit more.

“It was a pleasing workout. We haven’t conceded even though they came close with a free-kick of great quality.

“We almost replied on a number of occasions and they rarely looked like they were going to score.”

“It will be a totally different eleven tomorrow against Nuneaton. I am looking for that fight and determination from my players. There are always places up for grabs.”

“The lads who play tomorrow have got a chance to stake a claim. Whatever side we play, these are competitive matches.

“I am trying to get that competitive edge into the squad. You can see that within the games. If anything happens they are straight in there to protect each other and that is a big change from last year.”

He added: “We are ready. When you play games like this there is definitely things to work on, but we are ready and really looking forward to the start of the season.”


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