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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reacts To AFC Wimbledon Result

Resilient Sky Blues earn first point of the season at Kingsmeadow...

11 August 2018

Mark Robins' Sky Blues picked up their first point of the season as they travelled down to the Capital to face AFC Wimbledon.

City came up against AFC Wimbledon who won their opening fixture 0-1 on the road against Fleetwood Town and worked immensely hard throughout to come away with a point. 

Manager Mark Robins was quick to praise the resilience of his squad today: "Defensively wise I think that we coped with everything really."

However, he was aware that City did not offer enough by way of attack, but was still content with the chances that they did create: "Attacking-wise we did not have enough quality, simple as that, but I still think that we were a confident finish away from the winning game."

Upon reflection, the 48-year old was happy to come away from Kingsmeadow with a point, but is aware that time is needed for things to click in to place: "Realistically I think that a point is fair, also, attacking wise that is not how we want to play but we will take it at this stage.

"We have a lot of young players, and a lot of new players again who are just finding each other's strengths. We have always said that it will take us a while to get up to speed.

"As I say, it was a sense of relief a little bit at the end because we have managed to get a decent defensive performance."

The City defence stood strong for the full 90 minutes, dealing with everything that the Dons threw at them, and integral to the result was goalkeeper Liam O'Brien who stood strong all afternoon as the gaffer realised: "As a back four, and with the goalkeeper we were very good, we were also good in the middle of the park with Doyley [Michael Doyle], Abs [Ogogo] and also with Tony Andreu dropping in and with Tom Bayliss coming in from the side - it's just about trying to get that fluid movement.

"In training all week it has been outstanding, the passing has been slick and there has been plenty of movement - it is just transferring it into the game situation and that will come there is no doubt about it."

Robins now looks ahead to a quick turnaround as the Sky Blues travel down to the Kassam Stadium as they take on Oxford United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday 14th August 2018.

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