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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Oxford Preview

City travel to the Kassam Stadium this weekend...

30 August 2019

The Sky Blues travel to the Kassam Stadium this weekend and City boss Mark Robins is expecting a good game on show against the Yellows.

Oxford United entertain the Sky Blues for the third time in twelve months, after last season League and Cup clashes.

Karl Robinson’s side have had a mixed start to the season in terms of results, but have added firepower in the attacking department, with the likes of Matty Taylor and Ben Woodburn being recruited.

The fixture will be the Sky Blues and Oxford’s eighth fixture in August and Robins is looking to continue his sides unbeaten run.

He said: “We’ve had a good start to the season and we need to carry that on against Oxford who are a good team, they play in a good style and you can see what they’re trying to do and it will make for a good football game.

“We’re looking forward to the game seeing if we can perform at the levels we’ve managed to and try improve in some areas as well to get another result away from home.

“We’re different and they are different from last season so we will look forward to the game and it will be our eighth game this month, which is a lot for us.

“You would rather be playing, but I think Karl Robinson said it last week, you get penalised for being successful and I can see where he’s coming from, because the amount of games you play in a season, it puts your squad at risk and makes it difficult, but that’s what you want.”

There will be another sell-out away following from the Sky Blues at the Kassam Stadium, after the midweek sell-out against Watford.

The atmosphere created by the supporters at Vicarage Road was outstanding and as Robins says, it would’ve been the first time some of his players would’ve experienced that.

“Some of the new players will never have witnessed that away support the other night and it will make them understand what it means to play for Coventry city.

“On the road the support is amazing and again we will have another big crowd and following tomorrow and they will need respond to it and they normally do.”

The Sky Blues will put in their final preparations today ahead of the trip to Oxford tomorrow and hopefully it’ll be a smooth trip home with no road closures this time round.

“The country is in turmoil because they close the roads after 9 o’clock so it took over three hours to get home from Watford the other night, so factor that in with the recovery process then I think there was a few tired minds and tired legs yesterday.

“But we’re back on it today with final preparation for the game against Oxford.”

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