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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Barnsley Clash

Sky Blues entertain Barnsley at the Ricoh Arena...

14 September 2018


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Barnsley Clash

Sky Blues entertain Barnsley at the Ricoh Arena...

14 September 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has said it’s going to take time for his side following their rebuild over the summer.

City secured promotion back to League One at the first time of asking and have gone on to sign a number of new players for the first team, adding to the depth and competition for places.

Robins with pleased with how his side have competed in the opening fixtures of the season, but is still looking for improvements.

He said: “It’s going to take time.

“If you look at the teams up and down the country a lot of teams have similar problems and they will have at different times of the season.

“Everyone knows our process about how we’ve had to go about things. We’ve totally rebuilt after being promoted and have had to settle down again and play in a tough league.

“You look at this league and there are some big clubs and very good teams, it looks almost like a second championship and with the knock on of players coming down, it keeps getting better and stronger.

“We have to make sure we can compete and early on we have done that and the level has 100 percent gone up since the last time we were in it only 12 months ago and we’ve had to do a lot over that period of time.

“We’ve had relatively successful spell and we want to keep improving, but then you hit that area where you have to try and instil belief, confidence, philosophy, ethos and quality and you have to try and it takes time to bed in and get our rewards.”

Mark Robins' former side Barnsley are the visitors to the Ricoh this weekend, following their relegation from the Championship on the final day of the 2017/18 season.

The Tykes have a new man in the hot seat as Daniel Stendel took over the reigns ahead of their League One campaign.

Barnsley have started well and remain unbeaten this season and Robins is expecting a good test against Stendel’s side.

“Barnsley are probably one of the best teams in the division.” Robins said.

“They’ve been really good and they have certain characteristics about them, they’re a pressing team, counter pressing and they try and put you under pressure and cause chaos and make you uncomfortable.

“They will take risks and chances and they have some players they’ve kept from the Championship and brought some new ones in.

“They’re a good club and they will bring a big support and that in itself shows that the supporters are happy with what they’ve seen.

“They do things in a similar way to us I think. They’re recruitment has been good and I think they’re doing a good job and they’ve changed the way they’re playing and it has been successful for them so far.”


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