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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to tomorrow's trip to Forest Green

The Sky Blues face the Rovers in SkyBet League Two...

2 February 2018

Mark Robins says that his squad is stronger now than ever as City gear up to face Forest Green at the New Lawn.

The Sky Blues added Jonson Clarke-Harris to the list of January acquisitions late on deadline day, along with new-boys Josh Barrett and Jordan Maguire-Drew who joined earlier in the window.

“The squad is stronger now,” he said. “We have Kyel Reid back in the building too and he wants to work hard and get himself back in the team. If his head is on the job he can be a big asset.

“January is behind us so it is down to the players now. There are some really good talented boys here. There are some lads who have come from nowhere really and stakes a claim.

“The likes of Jordan Shipley and Tom Bayliss have got into the side and done really well. Liam Kelly is fit and around it now so that is a real positive. The two players who we will miss for the rest of the season, Jodi Jones and Tony Andreu, are big misses.

“Tony is looking fantastic. He is back running on the grass now and he is starting to progress. Jodi can now straighten his leg and move it so we can start to rehabilitate him. Neither will be back this season, but they are still showing really positive signs.

The Sky Blues head to the New Lawn tomorrow as favourites, with their opponents struggling down in the relegation zone.  

“I think part of working for Coventry City is that people expect you to win. There is expectation.

“We have looked at the away form and we know what we need to start doing away from home. This is a really good opportunity to round off a really good week.

“The performance away against MK Dons was a high level because it had to be. Forest Green beat us at home when we had large parts of that game and had plenty of efforts on goal without breaking them down.

“Things are different though now. They are running out of games and they are still down there in twenty-third where they do not want to be. They have signed a lot of players and built a new team over the last month or so. It is a challenge, but it is a challenge we are really looking forward to.

“They have some decent players down there, so it will be a good game. The pitch is a different surface too. It is good.”

He added: “We are in good health ahead of the game. The addition of Jonson Clarke-Harris has just lifted people and we are looking at the business end of the season now.

“Everybody is enjoying it and we are in a really good healthy place.”


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