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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Urges Side To Embrace Play-Off Final

The Sky Blues face Exeter on Bank Holiday Monday...

26 May 2018

Sky Blues Boss Mark Robins insists his side need to embrace the challenge that faces them when they take to the pitch at Wembley on Monday.

City travel to Wembley for the second time in as many seasons, but this time have the opportunity to bounce back into League One at the first time of asking.

Robin said: “The worse thing that could happen is people freeze or don’t embrace the situation. They need to embrace the game and go and have fun. Because when you look back on it when your sat at home in 15 years time and looking back on your career, if you don’t have fun you’ll have regrets.

“Go and have fun but make sure you are clear in thought and go and reproduce that performance against Notts County and enjoy it.

“They know that there’s a lot of hard work they have to get through.

“The opponents are good and they will have a say in it, without a shadow of a doubt, and we can’t take anything for granted.

“But in sport or in life you have to focus and give your best all the time. I just want them to do that. I want them to get to as close to 100 per cent as they possibly can and play the conditions right.”

Throughout the season, City have had their fair share of injuries to key players, with the likes of Jodi Jones and Tony Andreu ruled out for the rest of the year.

Setback to players has meant opportunities have been given to some of the younger members of the Sky Blues side, who have taken their chance.

He added: “I have said it all season that they are a really good bunch of lads and talented group.

“At the start of the season people were saying we want promotion, got to get promotion but it’s one thing saying and completely another doing it, especially when you are at a club like Coventry City that’s been on the slide as it has been.

“To turn that round and drive it in a forward direction is the proverbial juggernaut putting the brakes on after it has been going at 65 mile an hour and turning it around quickly. It’s very difficult to happen.

“And we have had to do that despite losing two of our most creative players in Jodi Jones and Tony Andreu to cruciate knee ligament injuries and replace them with kids who haven’t played yet.

“And they have been nothing short of magnificent for a first season in this division.

“People say that it’s League Two, it’s easy to give kids an opportunity. Absolute rubbish!

“Any division, the way that this league has been is a different to anything else. It’s a physical challenge week in and week out, different types of physical challenges and different quality of pitches.

“We go to Wembley now, take a deep breath and go again and make sure that you give your best. And if we can get close to 100 per cent from each individual then we won’t be far away.”

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