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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Looks Ahead To Scunthorpe Clash

The Gaffer entertains his former club on Saturday...

3 August 2018

Sky Blues Boss Mark Robins says he is looking forward to getting back to competitive football again this weekend against Scunthorpe United.

It has been over two months now since City defeated Exeter City at Wembley in the League Two Play-Off final and following the pre-season schedule, it’s time to get back to League football.

Robins is ready for another season and despite saying he has a stronger squad on paper this season, it will be the hard work that makes things happen.

“I can’t wait to get started.” Robins said.

“Although the pre-season fixtures are a necessity, it doesn’t mean anything,

“Everyone is looking forward to the competitive games, we’ve not had a competitive game since Wembley and this will be a first one.

“Funnily enough our last game in League One was against Scunthorpe and our first game back in the division after a 12-month absence is against Scunthorpe.

“On paper at the moment we have a stronger squad then what we did last season, but that’s just on paper.

“We need to make things happen for ourselves and the first thing we have to do is make sure we work as hard as we possibly can do.

“If you don’t put the work in you won’t get anywhere and I can see in them that they have that work ethic and desire and things are starting to become real now.”

The Sky Blues Manager will come up against former team mate and colleague, Nick Daws this weekend at the Ricoh Arena.

Daws was First Team Coach with Robins at Rotherham United, Barnsley and The Iron, where he currently takes the hot seat at the moment.

Robins admitted that he is expecting a difficult test against Scunthorpe this weekend.

“I have got some friends there.

“Nick is a good friend of mine, I’ve played with him and I brought him in at Scunthorpe and he has been waiting for an opportunity to manage and he’s got that now and he will be looking forward to having a good start to the season.

“They’ve got some good players, what they do remains to be seen. What they’ve done in pre-season might not be what they do tomorrow the first game.

“Something completely different can happen. They’re a team that has finished in the play offs in the last two years so it’s a good test for us early on.”


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