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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Oxford Result

Sky Blues pick up their first three points on the road...

9 September 2018

Mark Robins saw his Sky Blue side pick up their first three points of the season on the road thanks to the goals of Jordan Shipley and new signing Conor Chaplin.

City, who were beaten at the Ricoh last weekend had a tough trip ahead of them as they travelled to Oxfordshire, and Robins did not take anything for granted given their opposition's place in the table: "They are a good team, they're a really good team.

"They have had some really good results and a decent run of results, and people are talking about them turning the corner. It is always a tough place to come."

For all of his squad's hard work out on the field, Robins was aware that a little bit of luck is required at times in order to get up and running, and City had their fair share this afternoon: "We got a bit of luck, Shippers [Jordan Shipley] got himself into a great position - Conor Chaplin made a great run held it up, laid it off - and he's got a shot away that has taken a deflection and gone in, and that is what we are looking for.

"When you have not scored too many goals this season, you are just looking for something to give you a kick start and get you up and running, and we got it."

"Then soon afterwards he [Jordan Shipley] has made a great run off of the back, and was brought down by the goalkeeper who gives us the advantage to go two-nil up and we took that - Conor [Chaplin] took his penalty really well, and it has taken a hell of a lot of work to get two goals up." 

The gaffer then went on to praise the performance of his forward line: "Jonson Clarke-Harris was brilliant, he has worked his socks off. He put them under pressure which is what you want. That's what Jonson [Clarke-Harris] is about, putting us at ease and having them run off.

"Luke Thomas has worked hard, Tom Bayliss has worked hard and [Michael] Doyle was phenomenal.

"All of the lads have worked hard to get the three points as you do in any game. But, particularly here because I think they are a decent side."

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