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INTERVIEW: "The Start Has Been Good"

Robins has been pleased with the start to the season...

16 August 2019

The Sky Blues head into the weekend’s fixture with Bristol Rovers on the back of a 4-1 win over Exeter City in midweek.

City boss Mark Robins has been pleased with the start to the season he’s side has made, as they remain unbeaten during the 2019/20 campaign.

The Manager revealed he still feels there’s room for improvement but is happy with the results in the opening weeks of the season.

He said: “The start has been good, some of the football has been good and we’ve definitely hit the ground running.

“They’ve worked hard over pre-season and you can see that already which is pleasing, and we have to continue in that vein and keep improving.

“There are still some young players, even though we’ve increased the age slightly, there’s some young players learning and learning what professional football is all about.

“There’s one or two that have only just played, Zain Westbrooke for instance, he’s played every game and I think he’s found it tough, but again he put in another good performance and got two assists.

“There’s players that are learning about themselves in a new environment at St Andrews. The pitch is really good, and the crowd have been really positive when we’ve played there, so I think for me that has been the biggest thing.”

The Sky Blues made their summer transfer business early on in the transfer window this season, with eight new faces in the door before the start of pre-season.

This early business is something Robins believes has helped City’s positive start to the new campaign.

“Pre-season work was good, we managed to get players in early which helped because in previous seasons that hasn’t been the case and that’s important and has to be a lesson the club learns from now on.

“Planning went into it at an early stage and again planning is underway for windows in the future and I’m still looking to do business now to keep players on their toes.”

There was also an update on the fitness of midfielder Jamie Allen and defender Josh Pask.

“The injury news on Josh Pask isn’t good he will probably be out for 10 to 12 weeks which is a big blow because he has come in as a player tat can fill a number of positions, so he’s going to have to work hard to come back.

“That’s the downside of things, but Jamie Allen is coming back from his injury and he is running now and running pain free, so hopefully we can get him back training early part of next week and build him up that way.”

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