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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Ipswich Town Preview

City host Ipswich Town again this weekend...

6 December 2019

The Sky Blues take on Ipswich Town again this weekend, in the second of three instalments between the two in a matter of eight days.

Last time out, a late Callum O’Hare strike secured a replay in the second round of the FA Cup for the Sky Blues at St Andrew’s.

Having faced the Tractor Boys only five days ago, City boss, Mark Robins revealed he has learned things about his opponents heading into tomorrow’s clash.

He said: “We learned a fair bit about ourselves and we learned a fair bit about them and we will try and implement what we know, I’m certainly not going to discuss it but we’ve got a lot to take from the game and I thought we did alright.

“I thought we created more chances than they did which has been clearly outlined in the stats, although the stats suggest they had more possession, we had decent possession and created good chances so there a things to build on.

“It’s a different game, every game is different. We don’t know what they’re going to do, they’ve got a big squad and they rested some in the week, changed a lot around, but so did we.

“It’s going to be an interesting game, I enjoyed the game on Sunday, I thought it was a good game and I don’t see any reason not to look forward to this game.

“For us we’ve got to go and relish it, we’ve got to go and try and understand what they do but also be true to ourselves.”

Both sides have been involved in Leasing.com action midweek, as Paul Lambert and Mark Robins made changes to their side.

Robins is well aware of strength in depth Ipswich have, having just come down from the Championship after over fifteen years.

“They’ve got a really strong squad and they’ve been in the Championship for a lot of years and they’ve got a healthy resource.

“They’re strong players, they have a decent mentality even though they’ve lost a number of game last season you know they’re going to be strong at the level.

“You look around at Sunderland and Rotherham United who’ve been in the Championship very recently and are very strong, I think Bolton are the only exception who’ve had a major issue in terms on their financial difficulties but there’s a lot of good teams in the division, hence the closeness of it.”

The fixture this weekend will see three points at stake, compared to a place in the next round of a competition.

The difference in reward will also see a difference in game and a win for the Sky Blues could see them close the gap on Ipswich to just two points.

“It will be a different game, its three points.” Robins said.

“You want three points and we both do, if we win the game we go within two points of them and they’re going to want the points for the same reasons.

“They’ll close the gap or try and stay the same points away from Wycombe who are doing really well at the minute.

“For us it’s about performance, we don’t focus on the three points I think that obviously comes as a consequence of a performance, so we’ll focus on that and see where that takes us.

“Ultimately it’s about confidence and belief and going out and putting on a real good show. I imagine it will be different numbers in terms of support as well, so it will have a different feel to the game because there will be more people in the ground.”


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