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INTERVIEW: Manager Mark Robins looks ahead to tomorrow's clash with Accrington Stanley

The Sky Blues face Stanley in a packed Ricoh Arena...

9 February 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins says a win tomorrow will be a brilliant way to reengage supporters as the Ricoh Arena nears sell-out against Accrington Stanley.

Over 30,000 supporters are expected in the stadium for what will be a record SkyBet League Two attendance, beating the 18,700 that Portsmouth managed last season.

“Tomorrow will be brilliant,” said Robins.

“The initiative that has been taken by the club and bought into by the supporters is fantastic and really worthwhile.

“Lots of clubs have tried varied methods of attracting supporters and we have had some good success with this one. It is over to us now to make sure that we entertain them.

“Nothing changes for us. There will be a great atmosphere in the stadium. We have been asking for that all year and it seems like we finally are going to get our wish.

“Regardless of anything it is a tremendous backing again.”

City go into this game with the best home form in the country, unbeaten at home since early November and scoring eighteen along the way.

“Seven wins on the bounce is good going into this game because we need to be good against Accrington. They’re a capable team. They have a way of playing that is affective and they are very good professionally. They are bright and will eek everything out of every game.

“They are very professional and for me watching them on Tuesday night it was an interesting watch and they deserved the win.”

Defeat away from home to Forest Green Rovers last weekend came at a price with several Sky Blues regular side-lined, notably Tom Davies who after forcing his way into the side was substituted with a broken collar bone.

“For us, there has been a virus going around this week. That has been an issue. Today we are going to count numbers and make sure everybody is okay. There are still some suffering and some who will miss out.

“It has been a tough game for us last week, not only because we didn’t pick any points up, but because of the injuries. Davies, Jack Grimmer and Chris Stokes were all injured and continue to be.

“Tom’s is a bad one. He is going to be out around six to twelve weeks depending on heal. Hopefully it will be the earlier period.

“The other two we are not sure about. They have muscular injuries so unless you get them scanned it is hard to know a specific time-frame.

“Dion Kelly-Evans has been out too, but he is back on the field now.”

He added: “Tomorrow we have got to repay the faith that the supporters are showing and to do that we have to be good and win the game.”


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