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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to the Shrewsbury match, and talks about Steve Ogrizovic

26 April 2019

Mark Robins praised the retiring Steve Ogrizovic as he looked ahead to the final home league game of the season.

The Sky Blues host Shrewsbury Town on Sunday at the Ricoh Arena, a match that will be Oggy’s final home fixture with the Club after 35 years of loyal service.

“He’s been absolutely unbelievable,” said Robins.

“He is somebody who everybody is going to miss. Everyone connected with Coventry City, and football, know him. He is diligent and humble. He will be missed because he has been part of the Club for so long and part of success too.

“He played his entire CCFC career in the top flight, and of course won the FA Cup. He’s an icon of the Club, a legend of the Club. It can be overused, but in his case it is fitting. It is sad but it comes to everybody.”

When asked about the future of the Goalkeeping Coach role at the Sky Blues, Robins was quick to talk about the irreplaceable qualities that the 61-year-old brings.

“You can’t replace him,” the Sky Blues boss said.

“We’ve started looking, seeing what we may do and we will have somebody starting in pre-season. But you can’t replace him, he’s done everything and what he does is above and beyond. He is welcome back whenever he wants to pop in. In a way it is sad, in a way it is a celebration.”

Robins’ side go into the final home game of the season still looking at a Play-Off spot, though results elsewhere for Doncaster on Saturday could put the final berth beyond the Sky Blues.

“We’ve still got to hope,” said Robins.

“Let’s see what happens. Coming into the last two games of the season, with hope of still reaching the top six, can be viewed as a decent season. It’s been a good season anyway, with the amount of change and difference between this season and last. There has been a huge step forward and we want to make sure that continues.”

When questioned if the result on Saturday would change the approach to Sunday’s match, Robins insisted that the Sky Blues remain focused regardless.

“It doesn’t change for us. We want to finish on 70 points, and if we do that we will be reasonably happy.”

Sunday’s game sees former Sky Blues captain Sam Ricketts return, and Robins praised the job the Welshman has done at the Salop.

Robins said: “It’s a tough game. Sam has done well firstly at Wrexham, and then galvanised Shrewsbury. There’s a lot of teams still in that mix for relegation. It’s been a really interesting league, but thankfully we’re not part of that.”

“They play in a way that they will soak up pressure and try to play on the counter attack. They can play in different ways, and will play in a way that they think will suit them for this game and we need to be ready for that.”

Summing up the approach to Sunday, Robins set out his aims for the team.

"We focus on us and what we are doing, our intent is to go for the jugular and win the game", he said.

"It’s a fitting finale for Oggy, especially to play against Shrewsbury. It’s a day to look forward to. Regardless of the circumstances, we go out to play and finish the home season properly."

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