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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Rochdale Clash

The Gaffer looks ahead to facing Rochdale...

31 August 2018

Mark Robins spoke of his delight at securing the services of striker Conor Chaplin from Portsmouth yesterday afternoon.

The striker completed a loan move with an agreement to make it permanent when the January Transfer Window opens.

Talking ahead of the game against Rochdale, the Manager said there was temptation to bring him straight into the side. 

“Yes there could be temptation.

“Although I think we did well last week and there’s a certain temptation to keep things as they were.

“Hopefully Conor will come in and hit the ground running, but we're going to give him a little bit of time to settle in.

“They'll be a certain amount of pressure that comes with the role and the supporters knew what Sparky brought to us last year, but it took him a while to settle down.

“There's good competition for places, it’s going to be a keenly contested training environment as well. 

“He's got to be allowed the freedom to develop properly so I'm looking forward to working with him, he's clever, he's bright, he's sharp, a good finisher and though you might describe his stature as diminutive he's a really good player, really sharp, really focused and I look forward to working with him.”

City entertain Keith Hill’s Rochdale side, as they return to the Ricoh Arena tomorrow afternoon, following two trips on the road and Robins is looking forward to an exciting game.

He said: “We've looked at Rochdale, they had a game a game on Tuesday night up at Middleborough. They're a good side, Keith does really well with them.

“They've been playing a three at the back. They're a decent side, they've got their own threats, they've changed the way play and he sort of mixes things up so it keeps people guessing, but we've worked on different sort of scenarios.

“So it’s a good game to come into and an exciting one and an exciting time and I'm looking for the players that are performing on the training ground as well as those who performed well last weekend and see if there’s anybody looking to break into the team.”

Elsewhere, the Manager also confirmed that Max Biamou, who recently tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament, will be pencilled in for surgery in the coming days.

“Max will have his surgery in the next week or ten days.

“Liam Kelly is training again and not had a reaction to anything he has done and both Abu (Ogogo) and Dujon (Sterling) are back in training, so that just adds to the competition."


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