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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Looking Forward To Burton Test

City return to League One action...

16 November 2018

The Sky Blues return to League One action this weekend and boss Mark Robins is looking forward to taking on Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion side.

Robins played in the same team and was managed by Clough during his career and the two will lock horns tomorrow afternoon at the Pirelli Stadium.

The City boss is well aware of the threats his side will come up against when they take on the Brewers.

He said: “They are a good team, plenty of movement and rotation and plenty of quality and there are some good players in that squad.

“They’ve just come down from two seasons in the Championship, which they were disappointed about, because they only got relegated on the last day of the season.

“It’s a major disappointment when that happens, and I don’t know whether Nigel has come to terms with it now, but I know he was very down beat with the circumstances.

“He was majorly successful player and been a successful manager and he’s done well there and even though he got relegated, everyone would agree they are punching well above their weight being in the Championship.

“When he took over, they were two or three divisions below and then they worked their way up. Burton Albion is well supported and well run, I think I is a great football story.”

The Sky Blues last League One game came at the Ricoh Arena back at the start of the November, as they continued their unbeaten run.

City have gone six games without defeat, winning five and drawing one, which has seen them rise up the table, level on points with the play-off places.

During the break from the league, the Sky Blues fell to defeat in the First Round of the FA Cup, something Robins was disappointed with.

“What we aimed to do right at the start, was to not go out of the FA Cup at first attempt, but to change it up as some players needed a rest.” He said:

“You look for certain things, on what performance levels were like and what fitness levels were at and we’ve got the players that needed the rest back to that.

“The training been good and been sharp, but the big disappointment for me is going out of the FA Cup, as it such a good cup for all of us.

“For the supporters and for us. we got to the 5th round last year and I think everyone enjoyed it.”

City now will look to pick off where they left off in League One and build on the momentum they had started to pick up.

“We need to pick up where we’ve left off, finish off our preparation today and go into a good game against Burton.

“They’re without one of their key players due to international duty.

“I always look forward to meeting up with Nigel Clough and his sides, it will be a good game.”


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