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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Ipswich FA Cup Reaction

Robins discusses FA Cup progression...

10 December 2019

The Sky Blues progressed to the Emirates FA Cup third round on Tuesday after a 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town.

Manager Mark Robins was pleased to see his side progress in the competition and praised his sides positive start to the game as goals from Jordan Shipley and Max Biamou put City 2-0 up before the break.

Robins said: “First half we were brilliant, I thought we were really good especially from 10 minutes in once the game had settled down, we got a real foothold in it.

“I thought we played some really good stuff and looked assured through the game and we created good opportunities and put them on the back foot.

“We scored two brilliant goals which were well worked and we could have had more.”

Jamie Allen continued his come back from injury starting just his second game for the Sky Blues and Liam Walsh returned after missing Saturday’s clash against the Tractor Boys.

Robins was pleased to see players return and make an impact as well as seeing his back four defend so well throughout the game.

He said: “I was pleased with the way we played and the way we dealt with things, we defended really well and the two centre halves headed everything they needed too.

“There was some good interplay between all of the midfield players, Max finished one off, Shipperz got to the first one and made some great runs all night.

“We have been looking forward to getting certain players on the pitch playing together and we have managed to do that today.”

A late Luke Garbutt goal set up a nervy ending for Robins’ side which emphasised the importance of having a two-goal cushion for just the third time this season.

Robins said: “It was huge to get a two-goal cushion as they have taken the lead in both of the other games and we have seen each other at close quarters for two games now.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the second half because there were chances and we didn’t take them and then we dropped a bit deeper and I think that’s why you concede late goals.”

City will now travel to Bristol Rovers or Plymouth in the next round and Robins was delighted to progress in such an historic competition.

Robins said: "We wanted to get through this cup tie because we know what it means to everyone and the players should get all the plaudits for how they performed tonight.

“But, we now need to focus on a tough away game at Shrewsbury on Saturday.”


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