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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Shrewsbury Town Preview

City take on the Shrews this weekend...

13 December 2019

The Sky Blues are on the road again this weekend, as they make the short trip up north to face Shrewsbury Town in League One action.

City head into the game on the back of a 2-1 win away from home against Ipswich Town in an FA Cup replay at Portman Road last Tuesday night.

Former Sky Blues defender, Sam Ricketts’ side await Mark Robins and his team this weekend at the Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium.

Robins was full of praise for his former player after his success in the early stages of his career as a manager so far.

He said: “He’s a thinking manager, he sets his team up how he thinks he’s going to get the right result.

“He’s had a really good start to his managerial career, he’s only around two years into it and he’s had a great start at Wrexham and then gone in at Shrewsbury and he’s doing particularly well with them, they’re a good side, with some good players.

“He’s got a lot of contacts through his playing career and where he’s played, he’s a good guy as well and he’s got them performing for him and like I said they’ve got some threats.

“They’ve got some good players in the team and we know that but we’ve got to go there and play well and go and free ourselves up and go and enjoy it.”

Shrewsbury have enjoyed a mixed run of results this season, as they currently find themselves sat in midtable in League One.

Ricketts has numerous options at his disposal for tomorrow’s clash, but Robins is focused on his options and what his side can do to come away with three points.

“I think he’s got options available to him and until the team sheets come out you don’t necessarily know, I wouldn’t try and pre-empt what they’re going to do, it’s about us and what we’re going to do and what we’re capable of doing.

“For us it’s about getting into this game with lots of confidence from the other night it’s simple as that, if we can do that and go and try and impose our game a little bit on them then we can cause them problems.

“If we allow them time and space then like any other opponent, they can hurt you. With the confidence we have from the other day and we should have recovered and look forward to playing this game.

“They’re a good team, Shrewsbury are a decent side, they’ve picked up some good results at home and away from home and they’re a resolute team.

“They’ve got good players and good experience so it’s not a given, no games are easy and this is another where we’re going to have to be good and put a performance in to get anything from the game and we know that.”


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