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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Fleetwood Result

Gaffer looks back on the 3-0 defeat...

27 November 2018

Mark Robins' side fell to a 3-0 defeat away at Fleetwood, but believes in spells his side could’ve changed the game.

Goals from Dean Marney, Wes Burns and Ched Evans gave the hosts all three points, but Robins believes at points, his side were the better team for the majority.

He said: ‘’The first-half we played okay, the second-half was not okay. So looking back at it without having seen anything back yet we had good chances their keeper got man of the match that tells its own story.

‘’What it looked like was exactly what it was, they looked like a group of experienced players who know they could’ve got beat tonight and spoke and said let’s not do that. They stepped on it second-half and decided they’re going to have a go, what we didn’t do is defend properly, and then second half we didn’t use the ball properly.’’

Knowing the experience within Fleetwood’s side, Robins believes his men still looked the better side, but were unfortunate as the hosts converted their few chances.

He added: ‘’In the first half we more than edged the game, we passed the ball a lot better, moved forward well, made chances and had good possession in good areas of the pitch, but after the hard work we were picking the wrong option.

"We know what we have and where we are in terms of players and player qualities, but second half was defensively not good enough today.

‘’Looking at them the way they’ve set up and come out Paddy Madden and Ched Evans are top strikers in this division, give them a chance they’ll more than likely score.

"We limited Evans, he had a chance in first half which Lee Burge saved well, so besides his goal he didn’t threat a great deal.

‘’Willis came out into the second half looking injured, his knee was sore to the point had to come off but in doing so we concede the first goal, we were out of position, couldn’t do a great deal in stopping that one.

"Jordy hasn’t put pressure on Marney for the second, he then makes space and blasts it home. Same as the second one in terms of how they scored.’’

Despite the loss, Robins knows his side did threat and had one of the many chances that fell the Sky Blues way gone in, it could’ve changed the whole outcome.

He said: ‘’We made some changes and tried to reapply pressure, we didn’t do that though. In the middle of it all we did have our chances, obviously we had the penalty which we missed, but we weren’t short of creating chances.

"If we scored one of those it’s a different game and who knows what could’ve happened.’’

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