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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins previews the Sky Blues' League Two fixture against Port Vale

The Sky Blues host the Valiants tomorrow afternoon at the Ricoh...

8 September 2017

The Sky Blues return to League Two action at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow afternoon as they welcome Port Vale...

After last week's goalless draw against Chesterfield at the Proact, attention turns to the Valiants, with last season's fixture against tomorrow's opposition bringing positive memories for Robins.

The Sky Blues earned Robins his first three points when returning to the club with a 2-1 victory at the Ricoh, and he is targeting a similar result.

"I think for me we've got to try and continue some of the form we've been showing. I think we've been really unlucky in the games we have lost this season and we should have won the game last week against Chesterfield," Robins said.

"We have to take those chances that we create and understand teams are going to play in a certain way against us. We can't allow ourselves to get frustrated, that's important for the players and the fans.

"It will take time to break teams down and looking at the footage of opposition teams that is a feature of the early parts of the season. We've been working on that amongst other things.

"The defensive side of things has been really good, we're not conceding too many goals, and the mistakes have cost us the goals we have conceded so far. If we eradicate them we'll be very hard to break down."

After a remarkable season with the Under-18s, Jordan Ponticelli has continued his goalscoring form for City's Development side scoring four times in as many fixtures.

Robins has assured Ponticelli, and other youngsters within the squad that if they continue to perform they will get their chances this season.

He added: "Jordan is always in our plans, he just has to be patient and keep doing what he is doing. He is somebody that will, if he carries on doing what he is doing, be part of the squad this season.

"We work with him on a daily basis and he is getting better. We did a session with him at the start of the week and it looked like he was a little away from the group, but then the most recent session he got better.

"I am taking him with us and he is responding to that, so i'm confident that is he keeps his head down and works hard, which he has been doing, he won't be far away and it won't be too long either."


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