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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Looks Ahead To Accrington Clash

The Sky Blues host John Coleman's side...

2 November 2018

Sky Blues boss, Mark Robins is expecting the toughest game of the season so far, when Accrington Stanley visit the Ricoh Arena.

Accy were the League Two winners last season after an impressive year and they have replicated similar results during this campaign.

Robins spoke to the local press earlier today and told how his side will need to be focused tomorrow afternoon and to be ‘bang on it’ come kick-off.

He said: “It will be our toughest game so far this season, you can get carried along with things.

“Yes, we’ve played well this season in spells and defended well and had to defend well, but this league you can win games and lose games, you can’t get carried away and what is in front of us is really tough game.

“They finished about eighteen points ahead of us, so they got a head start, because their season finished on time, we had to play for another three weeks and we finished sixth and they finished first.

“Whatever you might think with the size of the clubs, we are in the same division and they have been ahead of us.

“We need to be focused on the job in hand and we have to be bang on it. We’ve been at maximum in the period of winning these games, but there were times where we could have conceded more goals and Doncaster have probably been the best team at the Ricoh to date.

“I expect the same tomorrow and expect it to go up a notch.

“John Coleman has done a terrific job and the chairman. They are building the club up, they have a new stand, more supporters and a lot more and better players then what they have had.”

Heading into this weekend’s game, the two sides are locked level on points, with Accrington occupying sixth place on goal difference.

City are on a run of five consecutive wins in League One and will be looking to extend that run tomorrow afternoon.

Robins has been impressed with the way his team have managed games during their recent run and is expecting similar against Coleman’s side.

He said: “This is a new season, we are locked on points and goal difference and we are there about with stats.

“We are a threat and we need to be the same tomorrow. We didn’t find that way last season and conceded after two minutes.

“We had a lot of injuries and a lot of things didn’t go our way, but they went a goal up deservedly so, we created very little in front of 20,000 supporters, so we know how tough the game is, how difficult they can make the game to play. They are good team make no mistake.

“We’ve been working hard and have been focussed, so if they maintain the focus they will be strong.

“They have been learning in game, we’ve managed the games better and on Saturday we learnt to see a game out under immense pressure.”


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