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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Bradford City Clash

City entertain the Bantams tomorrow afternoon...

18 April 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is expecting a fighting performance from Bradford City tomorrow afternoon when they travel to the Ricoh Arena.

The Bantams could be relegated on Friday if they don’t pick up a result against the Sky Blues, as they currently sit at the bottom of League One.

Robins is fully aware of the challenge which will face his side and is not under estimating the threat that Bradford can cause.

“It will be a tough game because they are fighting for their lives and at the end of the day they could go down at the end of this game, so they will be playing with nothing to lose which makes it a dangerous game.

“They are a good team. We need to forget where they are.

“They’ve had a new manager go in and Gary is a really capable manager. He has gone in and is trying to change things around really quickly which is difficult.

“They have some good individuals. You can go through the whole team and they are good players, it represents a tough challenge.

“They’ve got absolutely nothing to lose which makes it a dangerous game for us, but a game we can put a strong performance in and finish the season off as well as we can.

“If the players go into the game with an expectation beyond our performance level, then it will become even more difficult.”

As the season draws to a close, the Sky Blues have begun to be hampered by injuries as of late, with several players missing due to knocks.

The likes of Tom Bayliss, David Meyler, Jodi Jones and Max Biamou remain sidelined and City also continue to monitor the fitness of Jordan Willis.

City have welcomed back Charlie Wakefield, Conor Chaplin and Jordan Ponticelli in recent weeks, but there could be others who have picked up knocks.

“We have a lot of injuries, so it brings it right down, so it makes hard to change the squad up.

“Jordan Willis is just starting to come back, the block he made at Barnsley was an unbelievable, but it opened his knee up so it he has been struggling.

“One or two have picked up injuries in the week, so need to look at everyone today, but gives me a bit of a headache in what I have available for what I have available for tomorrow.

“Conor was out for a while and he has played parts of games and 70 minutes in a 23s game, then came on a scored the winner at the weekend so his confidence will be sky high and wanting to get in the team.

“Elsewhere, Tom Bayliss went to see the specialist yesterday and he is none contact until mid-May, so he is done for the season, thankfully he doesn’t need an operation. He will be doing running over the next few days to maintain cardio.”

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