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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Sunderland Visit

Gaffer looking ahead to early kick-off...

28 September 2018

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to taking on Sunderland in the League One early kick-off this weekend.

City entertain the Black Cats at the Ricoh Arena for the first time in 12 years and there is expected to be over 15,000 supporters in attendance.

Sunderland have suffered back to back relegations in recent seasons, but Robins can see the tide starting to turn for Jack Ross and his side.

He said: “I think it’s one of those games where it’s the first time we’ve played them for a fair while and it’s a club that have been in a bit of turmoil, but they’ve still got good resources.

“Jack Ross has gone in and started his overhaul and it looks like they’re setting off in the right direction and their results have been decent and they have good players.

“They’re in a healthier position now, it’s just a shame that they’ve had to come down two divisions, but yes it’s game we’re looking forward to.

“There will be around 15,000-16,000 there on the day and hopefully we can get a few more turn up on the day to take it to around the 20,000 mark.”

Last time out at the Ricoh, the Sky Blues beat another relegated Championship side, in the form of Barnsley 1-0.

Robins doesn’t see why his side shouldn’t go out and attack from the off against Sunderland.

“I think what we’re doing is were approaching the game the way we approach all the games and stick to the things we need to do both offensively and defensively.

“We need to be at our best because these are a good side.

“Three points are up for grabs and it’s a game to look forward to, the atmosphere will be good and these are the games you want to play in.

“Last time out we played a similar side in Barnsley, so I don’t see why we shouldn’t go out there this weekend and attack from the off.”

The Sky Blues could be bolstered by the return of winger Jodi Jones, who has been injured since November 2017.

Jodi played against Ipswich Town Under-23s on Monday and Robins was impressed with the winger, but will make a late call on him.

“I’m contemplating Jodi, he will be in the squad definitely.” Robins said.

“He performed pretty well against Ipswich Monday night so I will make a late call on him.

“He scored a goal and he’s moving nicely and he’s excited about the prospect of being back involved because he’s been a long time missing.

“I think Jodi will expect everything from himself, he will expect big things from himself, but we need to understand with a few of our players that have had long term injuries that they need time.”


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