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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on the Sky Blues' Pre-Season defeat against Valenciennes

Jordan Ponticelli and Marc McNulty were on the scoresheet for the Sky Blues...

12 July 2017

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The Sky Blues continued their Pre-Season preparation in Spain after a narrow defeat to French Ligue Two side Valenciennes..

Mark Robins named an almost entirely different XI for each half, similar to the first Pre-Season fixture at Sutton United, with a good run out for all involved.

Mark said: "We've had a brilliant day in terms of preperation, we've come up against a Championship side in France and you can't replicate that.

"They had some real quality and we aren't going to come up against that often, but it was a good excercise to try and keep the ball and get into our shape.

"After training this morning, which we worked really hard in, it's been a very good day for us. To come out with two goals and almost dominate the second half after they kept the ball very well in the first was pleasing.

Marc McNulty scored his first goal for the Sky Blues from the penalty spot before youngster Jordan Ponticelli added second, his first goal for the club at senior level.

"We restricted their chances and got level through a penalty. Marc McNulty was just saying he's got one shot and one goal which is a good ratio, so hopefully he'll keep that up!

"Jordan Ponticelli came on for second half and ran his socks off, it was a very good performance capped off with a great finish that at the time put us ahead,"

He added: "Like i've said, in this heat and the way the lads have worked all week has been really encouraging and each member of the squad is showing they're hungry to push each other."  

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