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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Wembley

City face Exeter at Wembley...

24 May 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins says his players should not take the Wembley experience for granted as City prepare to face Exeter on Monday.

Robins' side's stunning 4-1 win over Notts County last weekend secured the club's first ever play-off final and booked their second trip to Wembley at the end of a record-breaking season.

"It does all come down to this, it is as simple as that, but it is exciting isn't it?", said Robins.

"The supporters are coming out in big numbers again to support us and we want to respond.

"It is a very special occasion when you get to play at Wembley during your career and they should not take it for granted.

"During my first season in football, I got to the FA Cup final and I played at Wembley and I thought that was the norm, but it doesn't happen all the time.

"For some of these players, this is their first taste of first-team football and they have ended up in a final at Wembley, so whilst we know it is a huge game the expectation level of playing for Coventry are there as they have all season."

In City's way at Wembley are Paul Tisdale's Exeter City, who look set to part ways with their boss after twelve years in charge at St James' Park.

Robins and Tisdale were briefly teammates at Greek side Panionios, and Robins is well aware of the experience that his counterpart brings with him to Wembley.

"The big thing for me is that we have managed to give ourselves a really good chance to get promoted.

"We are playing against a good opponent with a really experienced manager, who could well be heading into his last ever game with the club."

He added: "For me, the shift around from when I came through the door to now is immeasurable.

"Not only that, the connection between the supporters and the players is as good as I have seen anywhere, and that truly makes for a great combination."


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