Skip to main content Skip to site footer

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Looks Ahead To Plymouth Clash

The Sky Blues take on The Pilgrims at the Ricoh Arena...

17 August 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins told how he is looking for his players to ‘step-up and grab the mantel’ with competition in his squad for places.

After a summer which saw new faces join the Sky Blues, all across the pitch there are players battling for a place in the starting eleven.

With Plymouth Argyle next up for the Sky Blues and Mark Robins, the manager is looking to find a formula in order to get consistency.

He said: “You’re looking for players to step up and grab a jersey because there is competition for places in this team, so for me I’m looking tomorrow for that intensity and performance, bits of quality and can we score some goals.

“Without winning the first game yet after two league games and a cup game, we’re still looking for that formula.

“We can’t get consistency without consistency of selection and all of those things, but we have a lot of good players here and it has made the squad stronger.

“We’re just looking for the ones to step up and take the mantel. We look at the games last week and the training sessions and are basing the team on those performances.”

This weekend will mark the Sky Blues fourth game in all competitions this season, following two league fixtures and a Carabao Cup first round tie.

Robins and City are hoping that a first win of the season in their fourth fixture, will help kickstart the 2018/19 season.

“I think it always does.” He said.

“I know we have good players and we have a good squad with decent depth, so if we get injuries we will be able to cope with that.

“We have a home game now that of course we’re looking to win against good opposition. They are a very good team with some good individual players, I know that.

“I’ve worked with some of them before and they will present a tough challenge.

“The first game of the season we were bright for 70 minutes and tomorrow the challenge is to stay bright for 90 minutes and get some goals and create opportunities against a good side and how we go about that.

“We’ve looked at that this week and how we can cause them a problem as well as how we can stop them as they can cause a threat as well.

“It’s going to be an interesting game and a good game to play in, but we want to play with that intensity we have mentioned for the whole 90 minutes.”

Advertisement block