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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Gillingham Clash

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23 August 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to tomorrow’s clash with Gillingham, on the back of City’s unbeaten start to the season.

City came from 3-1 down midweek with nine men to earn a draw at Fratton Park and move up to third in League One.

Robins revealed in his pre-match press conference that his players ‘can’t wait’ to get back out there tomorrow afternoon.

He said: “Gillingham are a good side.

“They have some good players with some pace, power and experience and they work extremely hard, so we have to be on our game as much as they have to be on theirs.

“It’s a game we will look forward to and we will be putting the finishing touches to our preparation today and hopefully we can start how we did on Tuesday night, but continue it throughout the game this time.

“It’s one we’re looking forward to and we can’t wait to get going again.

“When you have a result like we did on Tuesday night you can’t wait to get out there.”

During the opening four games of the season, Robins has named an unchanged side twice already.

There has been one change to the side and that has been with Matty Godden replacing Amadou Bakayoko in following the Bolton Wanderers draw.

With Robins being forced into change this weekend due to the suspension of Fankaty Dabo, the manager told how he isn’t looking to disrupt his side more than he has to.

“There has to be reasons for change, I don’t really want to mess around with it too much at the moment.” He said.

“People are working hard to keep the shirt and they have to do that because there are people willing to work hard behind them to take their place.

“It’s that environment and you need that to spur people on to keep improving and hopefully that will remain the case.

“There’s going to bumps along the road in our remaining games as there always is during a season, but we have to know what we’re doing and stay true to our beliefs.”


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