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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Tomorrow's Trip To Newport County

City make the trip to Rodney Parade

29 March 2018

The Sky Blues begin their Easter weekend tomorrow afternoon, as they travel to Rodney Parade to take on Newport County on Good Friday.

City head into the game unbeaten in their last six matches in League Two and currently in the play-off places with eight games left to go.

Coventry boss Mark Robins believes there has been a positive shift from the lads in recent weeks since the draw at Mansfield Town which kick-started the unbeaten run.

He said: “There’s a shift within the camp, I think they’re definitely positive signs there and we’ve got to take it game by game and that is what we’re doing.

“That focus is there, and nobody has hidden the fact that we want to get promoted this season and whatever way we go about it doesn’t matter, as long as we achieve the end goal.

“We have to enjoy things and enjoy training, games and the challenges and it’s what it’s all about, and its brilliant and exciting for everyone.

“If you can achieve it then it’s something you’ve worked hard towards all season and we have to enjoy and embrace the final eight games of the season.

“Everybody is focused. We have to maintain that focus and enjoyment and it’s really important not to fear anything or any of the challenges that come our way and there’s another one coming tomorrow.”

City travel to Newport for the first time since 1961, when a Mike Dixon double that day secured a 2-1 win for the Sky Blues.

There has been a change in fortune for the Exiles this season, after they stayed up on the final day of last season, condemning Hartlepool United to relegation.

Mark Robins is expecting a difficult challenge from the hosts tomorrow and also praised the job that Mike Flynn has done since he joined the club.

“They’ve scored the most amount of set plays in the division and they’re a big threat from them. Not only that they’re a good footballing side and they’ve had a really good run in the FA Cup and they have some good players.

“I think a big miss for them is Joss Labadie, who is out with a knee cruciate ligament injury I believe, and he will be a big miss for them. It is similar to us with Jodi and Tony having that injury, we know how it can affect you.

“However, they’ve got a good group of players and they’ve got players that can come in and do well.

“People forget that at this time last year they were bottom of the league and scrapping and looked like they were going down.

“But, Flynny came in and turned it round and now they’re mid-table and they’ve had a really good, successful season.

“It will be nice to see Flynny and we will enjoy seeing them tomorrow and hopefully we can get the win.”


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