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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Looks Ahead to Luton Clash

City take on the Hatters at the Ricoh...

14 December 2018

The Sky Blues take on Luton Town this weekend and City boss Mark Robins is expecting a tough game against The Hatters.

Luton joined the Sky Blues in gaining promotion to League One last season, with Nathan Jones’ side finishing second in League Two.

City were pegged back late on last season in the most recent meeting at the Ricoh Arena, when an 88th minute equaliser earnt Luton a point.

With this weekend’s visitors currently sitting in second in League One, Robins is looking to claim another scalp against a team in the top two.

He said: “The next one is another tough game.

“Luton went up second last year and shows what can be achieved.

“They’ve come into the league and have adapted really well, they play well, they got the bulk of the team that was there last season and fair play to them, they’ve managed to maintain that.

“They kept players fit which is important and they are on a good run, but for us it is a chance to take a scalp from a team that are in the top two at the moment.

“The October this was brilliant but in the division you know it can go the other way, the league is that tight and anyone can beat anyone else, that is what we believe going into every other game.

“It is the chance on Saturday to put a dent in their promotion hopes, but that is not the motivation, the motivation is to carry on and keep the ball moving and play how we can do and finish the chances.”

The Sky Blues will be looking to get back to winning was this weekend after falling to defeat late on against Walsall last week.

Robins said there was a lot of positives to take from the game at the Banks’s Stadium and he is looking for a reaction from the defeat.

“It is a killer blow to concede to goals like that, but they played pretty well in the game.

“They created a load of chances again and there is the frustration, however well you play if you don’t see the game out and only some individual things was what went wrong.

“A mistake from the goal keeper which can happen, even though we don’t want that to happen again, it is a concentration thing, the wind blew it and held it up or whatever he thought, he made the wrong decision and halfway you can reassess it, there is a lot of things you can do.

“Even though the disappointment is there and the easy thing to do is have a go at them because the emotions of the game, obviously team mates were unhappy but they know how well Burge has done for us this season.

“There is no reason to be down about it, as there was a lot of good things in the game, you look for positives in defeat, but I think there is a lot of reasons to be positive.

“We’ve just got to look to maintain that and improve from it and carry on. You look at what we are doing and it looks good a lot of the time.

“We need to finish the chances off but that will come at some time and hopefully they will believe and gain confidence on it.”


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