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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reacts to Ipswich Town Draw

City scored a late equaliser against Ipswich...

1 December 2019

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins praised Callum O’Hare’s “stunning finish” after the substitute scored an injury-time equaliser against Ipswich Town in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Robins was pleased with the character his team showed yet again to snatch another result right at the death and highlighted O’Hare’s introduction from the bench as the turning point in the game.

Robins said: “The character they showed again to comeback was really good. They forced us to change the way we play, their counter pressing was as good as anything as well, above the level.

“What we needed was work rate and people to work hard to try and get off the back of them a little bit and Callum O’Hare’s introduction made sure we were able to do that and he made the difference and his finish was a stunning finish.

“The fact that we created a lot of chances was something else. We’ve opened them up at times, created a really good number of chances and been on the front foot, when we could do, against a really good side and that’s pleasing.

“We have to be braver and not worry about the opponent because the quality is there. It’s just doing it against the top teams and trying to turn those draws into wins.”

However, Robins did admit he was frustrated with the draw given City created the clearer chances,

“We’ve had some really good opportunities to score and just not taken them which is frustrating.

“The fact they had once chance, and that we gave them the chance, they take it and score with one shot on goal is really frustrating.

“We couldn’t get a foothold in the game. We gave the ball away a couple of times at the start of the second half and we dropped deeper which puts you on the backfoot mentally.

“We spoke at half time about trying to move the ball quicker but also finding players and where they were positioned was important.

“Then we forced it. McFadzean gets it out of his feet and tries to shift the ball out wide, it’s not on, it gets cut out, they attack down the left-hand side, the ball comes in and Will Keane is in the right place at the right time.”

He also praised Ipswich for making it difficult for the Sky Blues to get a foothold in the game in the first half.

“They’ve played more football today than they’ve played this season because they’re different.

“We knew that things would change, Ipswich have a huge squad with talented players. They’re a side that has bigger resources than most clubs in the division.

“They are able to utilise that squad they left a number of big players out and that’s the difference.

“The young payers that came in were talented, Flynn Downes in particular I thought was outstanding, I haven’t seen many better, so you know you’re up against it.”

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