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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Bradford City Result

Sky Blues come away with all three points...

23 October 2018

Mark Robins was happy to see his side record their fourth successive league win, but insisted that the team could still learn lessons from their performance.

City got off to a dream start with Jonson Clarke-Harris putting the visitors ahead in the second minute, with Conor Chaplin doubling the side’s lead shortly afterwards.

However, manager Mark Robins believes his side still have lessons to learn, despite the victory.

“I think we’ve got to be happy with the result even if the performance wasn’t great. We’ve conceded two poor goals and not passed it as well as we normally do.

“The pitch was slick, we’ve created quite a few chances, and taken four of them, away from home, which is outstanding. But I think if we’re honest we haven’t played as well as we have been doing so from that point of view that was disappointing – but I’m not trying to put a dampner on it!    

“I just want the players to understand that to concede two goals like we have done against better teams will cost us.”

The win puts the Sky Blues just a single point outside the Play-Off places and looked completely dominant for long periods of the game.

The game, though, was filled with drama, as Bradford twice threatened a comeback, before seeing a third goal ruled out for handball that resulted in the Bantams’ George Miller being sent off, late on.

“The goals, the finishes, the corners, the setplays, everything was good”, the manager admitted, “it was a bit nail-biting towards the end.

“But I think (Miller) did put the ball in with his hand- it appeared that way to me. The referees done well to see that, I think.

“He got a lot of stick for making decisions, but I don’t think there wasn’t that many that he got wrong. He’s let the advantage play and that’s what you want. You want an attacking end-to-end game at times and that’s what we got.”

Overall, the manager was pleased to see his side record back-to-back away wins ahead of the Sky Blues hosting Doncaster at the Ricoh, this weekend”

Speaking on the opening goal, Robins said, “I thought it was a good setplay, decent header from Tom Davies back in, and Jono’s got his head on it and put it in the back of the net.”

 “They are working hard from the setplays and it just got better”, he continued, “we got a second fairly quickly, and then a third one in the 2nd half from Jordy, with Tom Bayliss rounding it off with a really nice finish, stepping inside his man and put the ball in the net.”

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