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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins previews Mansfield trip

Sky Blues face Mansfield on Saturday afternoon...

23 February 2018

Mark Robins sat down with the press this morning at Ryton, as Coventry City return to league action on Saturday at Mansfield Town.

After last week's FA Cup exploits, the Sky Blues visit Field Mill tomorrow looking to close the gap on the League Two play-off places.

“It was a great cup run, really enjoyable and some good memories" said Robins.

"The support we had at the games is something you don’t forget. That’s over and done with now. We’ve enjoyed that, it’s been a good experience and we shift the focus back onto the league.”

Mansfield were the victors at the Ricoh back in November, and Robins reflected on what was a tight game between the two sides.

"The game was fairly even. They were physically capable, they try to force mistakes and pin you in. They have Danny Rose who will win the ball in the air, leaps twice his height but also will go to ground if he feels some contact. They have some good players.

"I think the strength in depth they have is impressive, and they have a good chance of achieving their aims for this season.

"They are all tough games, but we have the opportunity to go and upset that form book again."

The Sky Blues' visit to Mansfield sees them enter the final 14 games of the season, and a busy week which the Manager sees as a potentially defining one.

"We’re fully focused on the 14 remaining games. The week will be a defining week – we have Mansfield, Wycombe away and then Lincoln at home next Saturday. It will go a long way to telling us where we will finish up this season.

"We’ve got to take each game as it comes, but all in all you have to try and win every game. Tomorrow is the most important game of our season, because it’s the next one. We’re all looking forward to it.

"We need to be focused on our jobs, which they have been this week. They are talking among themselves about what we need to do, but the time for talking stops and we have to go and make sure we follow that up with good firm actions and carry out the game plan."

"We’ve got to go and try to win. We have to approach every game in that way. We have a duty to ourselves, the support and the club."

Jonson Clarke-Harris notched his first goal for the club last week, and Robins praised the striker's contribution in the match at Brighton.

"Jonno was outstanding last week, and he hasn’t played 90 minutes for a long time. He’s got the bit between his teeth last Saturday, and this weekend we need the same performance from everybody who takes their place in the starting line up and the lads on the bench too."

With another excellent away following at Mansfield, Robins finished his press call talking about the support from the Sky Blue Army.

"It’s all about the fans. We have a duty to deliver for them what they want. While there is a pressure and expectation playing for the club, we’ve got to embrace it and fear nothing. The supporters have been fantastic, behind the players, behind me and behind the team, and really positive."


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