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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on Stevenage clash

The Sky Blues fell to defeat at the Lamex Stadium...

21 July 2018

Following the Sky Blues recent run-out in pre-season at the Lamex Stadium, City boss Mark Robins said he will be looking to get things tuned up in the remaining games.

City fell to a 2-0 defeat against Stevenage, following two first half goals in which Robins side were unable to bounce back from.

Pre-season isn’t about getting results as Robins said, but he wants his players to step things up now in the final two fixtures.

Robins said: “First and foremost you want them to run themselves into the ground and they have tried to do that but haven’t quite managed it in every department.

“That was a disappointment for me, so that will be topped up in the week with the game against Derby and then against West Brom, which we’ll look forward to and then that’s it.

“We have a couple of games to get tuned in and it has been tough because we have got some regulars that are away and not been able to work with yet.

“We lost Jordan Willis on the first day but he’s due to join in on Monday. Liam Kelly has a calf injury and still not ready and we’ve obviously got Tom Bayliss and Dujon Sterling away with England Under-19s.

“So there are at least four there who would normally be involved.

“We have got injuries and people who are not quite ready, which makes a difference for us, but I am just trying to give everyone a chance so I can have a look at them and see if they can stake a claim.

“This was a bigger test than we have had yet and we were probably better in the second half than we were in the first.

“We were unfortunate not to score. The keeper made a really good save and we were a bit more of a threat, but it’s about fitness.”

The Sky Blues lined-up in a 3-5-2 formation for the game, similar as the game they played against Aston Villa behind closed doors earlier in the week.

Robins said he will continue to look at the formation as it is only ‘early days’, but felt it didn’t quite work today.

“It’s just something that I am looking at. “It’s not necessarily set in stone that we’re going to do that. I want to see if it works.

“It didn’t work today, the way it was set up and the personnel.

“But it’s early days and it takes time. And if you’re going to do something different with new players we have got to try to get the group to gel as quickly as we possibly can.”


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