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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Sky Blues Trip To Shrewsbury

The Sky Blues face their final away trip of the season...

21 December 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking to kick start a run over the busy Christmas period, when City take on four games in the space of ten days.

City start their festive period against Shrewsbury Town on the road, where former Sky Blues defender, Sam Ricketts recently took over.

Robins’ side have been unfortunate in recent games, with a goal wrongly being ruled out for offside against Luton and two late goals for Walsall in stoppage time.

He said: “We are in a slump of picking points up, but we haven’t played particularly badly, it was a tough game against Luton, Luton are a good team, there is no doubt about it, they’ve spent money wisely.

“They have managed to build a side that is capable of winning games. We’ve done that and proven we can win games, but there are times when you go through spells where things just don’t go your way and we are in one of them spells.

“There are enough signs there that we can get out of, it will dent people’s confidence, but it shouldn’t.

“Losing games isn’t nice but it’s what we learn from it and what are we doing different to when we were winning.

“It is a tight league and we are up there in chances created and I know we haven’t been taking enough of them, but that will come.

“I just want them to relax and enjoy their game.”

As well as relaxing and enjoying their game, Robins is looking for his side to play with a freedom and be ‘ice cold in front of goal.

City have one of the highest chances created ratio in League One, but have found goals difficult to come by in recent weeks.

The busy festive period gives the Sky Blues chance to rectify that and put a run together heading into the New Year.

“There in an opportunity to play a few games over the Christmas period and I want us to play with freedom.

“We are trying to get that win to give us the confidence to kick start our form, it is not far away, and we are not far away from challenging up the top, but we have to go back to enjoying it and playing a brand of football that people enjoy watching.

This week we have be working on what we can do to hurt our opponents, but also, we have got to be right without the ball.

“Looking a Luton without the ball, reminded me of the Bournemouth team that went up from the Championship.         

“Out of possession they work really hard and in possession they have some good quality and that is where we need to get to.

“We need to be better out of possession.

“We’ve got to be ice cold and we have players that can score but they are a little bit hung up and we need to find a little bit of a different way.

“Once we get a result it will kickstart them.”

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