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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to tomorrow's trip to Exeter

Mark Robins’ side head to Exeter’s St. James Park in SkyBet League Two.

12 January 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins says that his sides have remained grounded and focussed after turning over Premier League Stoke City in the third round of the FA Cup.

Jack Grimmer’s second half strike sunk the Potters in what was Mark Hughes’ last game in charge.

 “Everybody enjoyed the result last week and that it what it is all about,” he said.

“You can enjoy that for a day or so and then it is back to work. Fair play to the players because they have worked hard and have done their jobs well when they came back in.

“We have got a tough game and a long trip now, but we need to build on that feel-good factor and take it into the game tomorrow.

“I know Paul Tisdale well. We played together in Greece and he has done remarkably well at Exeter.

“Exeter turn over plenty of players, but they bring good ones in and give a lot of the younger players opportunities before turning out to do really well in their careers.

“Along with Steve Perryman, they do really well.”

With Christmas now behind us, SkyBet League Two’s pitches will start to show the scars of the busy festive period, and the Ricoh has been no exception to that.

“I think we have to adapt to any circumstances, so the pitch is no different to that.

“This is a tough old league. There is some good football at times and some good players in the division. It is a bombardment.

“Exeter have had to change the way they play because of the conditions on their pitch.”

Liam Kelly (heel) and Peter Vincenti (knee) have both been side-lined in recent weeks but have trained with the Sky Blues today as they make big strides on their road to recovery.

“Liam and Peter are back on the grass now. Those two will add some competition and will both become very important for us in the coming months.

“They are two players will a load of experience at this stage of the season.

“Devon Kelly-Evans has been nursing a hamstring injury and he is back on the grass too, and not too far away.

“Hopefully we can get those players back and move forward with the least amount of disruption.

He added: “Once Liam Kelly is back, it does not mean to say that it is the end for Tom Bayliss.

“They are both different players. I think performance wise Tom has done exceptionally well and can play in a number of positions and compliment what we have already got.”

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