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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins previews the away game at Accrington

The Manager praised the travelling Sky Blue Army...

13 October 2017

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Manager Mark Robins has challenged his side to improve on last week’s game at Barnet – and praised the travelling Sky Blue Army.

The Sky Blues will be watched by at least 1400 City fans at Accrington tomorrow, with similar numbers at last week’s match against Barnet who witnessed a 0-0 draw.

“We’ve got to be better than we were at Barnet last week” said Robins.

“The following last week at Barnet was absolutely outstanding. You can’t underestimate that and tomorrow will be the same again. It’s going to be a really good atmosphere. We’re aware of that and we want to make sure we put on a really good show for the supporters.”

“It is a pleasure for the players to play in front of that support.”

Accrington are in 6th place in the SkyBet League Two table, once place below the Sky Blues, and it is a contest Robins is looking forward to.

“It’s an exciting game for me. Accrington are a good team. They’ve got some good players and John Coleman has done a terrific job there.

“They have got some threats, and we need to be aware of that, but I want us to go an impose our game on them because we didn’t do it enough or with enough quality last week.”

“You’ve always got to work harder than the opponent. We try to do that, and they are an honest bunch. We have got good players who have got good form at the moment, so it is exciting.”

Robins also praised the Sky Blues defensive work, with the side having kept eight clean sheets already this campaign, and spoke of the different challenge an away fixture carries.

“The challenge for us is going away from home and trying to score goals and perform in the way that we do at home in different circumstances” said Robins.

“Everyone is doing well and the defenders have said the strikers have helped too, which is true. We have been fairly consistent with the way we have been playing, and it helps when you have a consistent eleven, but also the players that we have outside the eleven are really good players.”

“We have to keep them hungry and in as positive a frame of mind as we can – the way they are training is right, they are doing it well. Those are things we have to demand from the players, and I do, but they are starting to demand it from each other which bodes well.

“It’s a good start, but there is room for improvement – and they will improve going forward.”


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