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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Bristol Rovers

City boss looks ahead to the visit of the Gas...

5 April 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins believes his side have evolved throughout the course of the 2018/19 season, but there is still more to come.

City currently sit in 9th place in League One, six points adrift from the final play-off spot which is occupied by Doncaster Rovers.

The Sky Blues take on Bristol Rovers this weekend, coming in on the back of a 2-2 draw on the road against second placed Barnsley.

Robins believes his side are going to come up against some tough opposition in the final weeks of the season and they will need to win all their games to push for a place in the top six.

“There are six games left and we’ve got to look to win them all, well that is the aim before anyway, but reality is we are six points off 6th place and we have to try close the gap.” Robins said.

“The games are tough and the games against Bristol, Bradford and Shrewsbury are tough for different reasons and then the away games are tough because they are all above us.

“So, if we can get anywhere near the 6th place team come the final game and if it is Doncaster then it makes a difference, but it means we have to win on Sunday and have to beat Sunderland away.

“I think the performances have been good generally and there are only a few performances we can look at and think we haven’t really performed.

“When we sit down at the end of the season, we can say we haven’t scored enough goals and that has been the key, but it isn’t as simple as that.

“We are looking at the evolution of a team and the players in it and all those things take time to embed and we have got to a decent level.”

This weekend when the Sky Blues come up against the Gas, they will be coming up against some familiar faces within the opposition.

Former Sky Blues duo, Jonson Clarke-Harris and Abu Ogogo will return to the Ricoh Arena following their departures on Deadline Day back in January.

Jonson has scored nine in his previous nine outings for Bristol since joining the club and Robins admitted he had no regrets on the departure of the striker, but is delighted for him in his current run of form.

“We have no regrets.” Robins said.

“I think Jono is a good player and I’ve said that all along, I think he is playing in a team that plays to his strengths now and the strikers we have here needed to perform, or we would have moved them on.

“Jono needed to play and he is getting that there and repaid it as he will be their leading goal scorer.

“He came to Coventry and did everything we wanted him to do, he got promoted with us and obviously, this season he didn’t start off in the side, but worked his way in and did ok for us.

“Jono is a talented player and is a young man trying to make his way in the game and I wish him all the best after Sunday, but I am delighted for him.”


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