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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Blackpool Result

City lose 2-0 at Blackpool...

21 August 2018

Manager Mark Robins was honest in his assessment of the Sky Blues’ performance at Bloomfield Road, as his side lost 2-0 to Blackpool, courtesy of two 2nd half goals.

Despite loud support from a large number of travelling City fans, his side struggled to create many clear-cut chances in the games, and the manager feels his side must improve.

“It’s the poorest I’ve seen us for a long time and I’m at a loss to understand how any players can underperform as much as they did.

“We didn’t pass it didn’t move the ball quickly enough, allowed them to get set into a shape as quickly as they needed to.”

The Sky Blues support could be heard throughout the 90 minutes and the game looked a fairly even contest in the opening 45 minutes, though City failed to reply following an early 2nd half goal from Mark Cullen – and the manager felt both of Blackpool’s goals were avoidable.

“We’ve had a great travelling support again and given them nothing. We had a little bit of a spell when we were 1-0 down, and that just sort of kicked us into life a little bit.

“Then we shoot ourselves in the foot by killing the game off for them, with poor judgement all the way through.”

City made four changes to the side that won against Plymouth at the weekend, and Robins hinted that more changes could come again when the Sky Blues travel to Gillingham on Saturday.

With the Sky Blues trying to integrate a host of new signings into the squad, the manager admitted he may have to rely on most of his squad in the games to come, as he searches for a winning formula.

“Even though we’ve got more pace in the side than we had last year, we did look pedestrian and it’s unacceptable.

“On the face of that, you could make many changes and nobody could be surprised to be left out.

“The majority of the players tonight were not here and owe me a performance and owe the supporters a performance on Saturday.”

The Sky Blues will travel to Priestfield this weekend, hoping to earn their first away win of the season.

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