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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Saturday's Play-Off Semi Final

The Sky Blues face Notts County at the Ricoh...

11 May 2018

Mark Robins says that he is looking forward to his first Play-Offs as a manager as the Sky Blues welcome Notts County to the Ricoh Arena in the first of a two-legged semi-final.

It is also City's first time competing for a chance to lift the play-off trophy at Wembley on the 28th May in what would be the club's second trip to the stadium in two seasons.

"I watched the Charlton and Shrewsbury game last night just to get a feel for the occasion," said Robins.

"That game was fairly tight. It was interesting. I am interested to see how we perform and how our individuals cope.

"We are not going to worry about what may or may not happen, we are just going to work as well as we can do. The quality is there. The players just need to embrace it and enjoy it.

"I remember the game against Crewe in the Football League Trophy a few years ago and the Ricoh was a full house. We just wanted to score on every attack and then three counter-attack goals made it an uphill struggle for us.

"Kevin Nolan, Notts County's manager, will be saying the same thing to his team. If you are still in the tie for the second leg then you have to be happy because it is two games."

The Sky Blues have already faced County twice this season, most recently at Meadow Lane where Jonathan Forte's late goal saw City beaten 2-1.

"I think the games that we had against County this season have been difficult. The game that we won 3-0 was the first game of the season and we were trying to throw a marker down.

"The game away from home we were very unlucky. We were punished by bad decision making and losing our focus after we scored.

"The crowd will be great. That is what you are in the game for. You want to play in front of massive crowds and against the best opposition that you can.

"We just have to embrace it. We have got a plan and we just need to stick to it.

He added: "There is a game at Wembley at the end of it all and we want to get to it."


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