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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Looks Back On Oxford Draw

The manager reflects on a thrilling game at the Kassam Stadium...

31 August 2019

Mark Robins believes the Sky Blues have had a “positive month” after ending their August schedule with a thrilling draw against Oxford.

City played eight fixtures during the month, remaining unbeaten in League One this season.

Robins said: “It’s just the end of the month, in terms of eight games played, the majority have been played by those lads.

“It’s been a productive month, a positive month, and certainly with eight games in the month and are only defeat is against a Premier League team.

“We can come away and say it’s a decent start, on to September and see what we can do, we’ve got some really tough games coming up.”

Reflecting on the draw with Oxford, Robins admitted the U’s were probably the better side, but was pleased with the goals his side scored.

“I thought they were better, two-nil up probably flattered us a little bit. Having said that, the two goals we scored were good goals.

“We kept them at bay, even though they had quite a lot of ball in our penalty area from wide areas, we dealt with the crosses pretty well until Franky’s own goal.

“The second one just put a little bit of pressure on us I think Sam McCallum’s legs had started to tire and I’m trying to make the change and give us a bit more momentum.”

The manager also hopes his young side learn from their display at the Kassam Stadium.

“We kept doing the same things, we’ve just got to learn. There’s a lot of young players in our team that are naïve to the game at the minute.

“I think if we can learn from this then it will be a big help. This is the biggest game we can learn from, from the ones we’ve played so far, other than the game on Tuesday night.”

Robins also praised the home team for making it difficult for his side on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m relieved with a point because I thought we were poor. I thought we started off okay, we were passing okay.

“They’re a good side, make no mistake about it, they’ve got good players, the way they play stretches you at times, but we were our own worst enemy.”

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