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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Gives Post-Match Shrewsbury Reaction

Sky Blues held at home to Shrewsbury...

28 April 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has praised his side for their overall season performance, following today’s 1-1 draw against Shrewsbury Town.

Despite City taking the lead 16 minutes in after a soaring run and calm finish by Jordan Shipley, the visitors managed to pull a goal back in the second-half to see the game finish 1-1.

Robins stated it was a tough game and a disappointing one, but still has one more game to finish the season on a high.

Robins said: ‘’It was a lacklustre game and how yesterday’s results went it was always going to be difficult, you’re looking for that injection of whatever you can get, we needed to improve our ball speed, we knew they’d come with a game plan and exactly what they were going to do and make it difficult.

‘’We scored a goal earlyish on and wanted to build on that, but it just was flat for whatever reason, but that’s the disappointment there. I think when it looks like were not going to win six or seven nil it makes things different. We’re still going to give our best to finish the season in a positive way, we’ve got one more push.’’

Robins believes that there are areas to improve on if the Sky Blues are to create a bigger push next season.

He added: ‘’Today was frustrating and there have been other frustrating days, but it’s been a positive year in terms of everything, the second half of the season has been good, no one said it would be easy and were in a position where if we would’ve spoken at the start of the season, people would’ve said it’s a decent position compared to what happened last time we were in this division.

“It’s tinged with a bit of disappointment because we are a decent side and everybody knows that, but there’s areas where we just will have to get better.

‘’Over the season, we’ve fallen short in terms of goals so ironically it was about goals difference over the season which has made a difference for us, so we need to improve in areas that’ll help us get to that next level.

“You’ve got to take into consideration now the age of some players and some are running on empty with nothing in the tank, but we need them to come back stronger next season, but the chances of some of them may not be with us, we’ve also got other players who will be returning back to their parent clubs.’’

On top of today’s fixture, it was a fitting tribute for Steve Ogrizovic who will be retiring at the end of the season, and his lap of honour enabled Robins to appreciate in full the service ‘Oggy’ has provided for the club.

He said: ‘’We’ve got Steve retiring, it’s been an emotional day for him, and everyone connected with the club, it was a brilliant send-off being a home game with the support and the fans thanking him for his over 35-years in service for the club.

“It was a fitting tribute for him, albeit it would’ve been better if we would’ve won and took all the points, but again we just needed a little more impetus in the game, but unfortunately that just didn’t happen.’’

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