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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Looks Ahead To Rochdale Clash

The Manager pays tribute to midfielder Joe Thompson...

8 February 2019

The Sky Blues travel to Spotland tomorrow afternoon in League One action and Mark Robins is confident his side can turn things round.

City have endured a mixed run of results in recent weeks, which ultimately haven’t reflected the performances the Sky Blues have put in.

However, Robins is confident things will turn around and it’s a case of fine margins standing between themselves in three points.

He said: “I think you sensed anxiety last week in the last few minutes of the game, we were ok for 90 minutes and then to concede the way we did was really disappointing.

“On the back of a week like this it doesn’t make it any easier but it is football, we went through a stage when we were on 29 points and where we hadn’t won in 8 games and then we went and won 3 consecutively, then since then the 5 have been up and down.

“Performances have been pretty good, but results put a down on the performances to a degree and we have to get back to winning ways and maintain our performance levels.

“Things will turn around there is no doubt about it, you don’t become a bad team because of those games, you look learn and hopefully improve on the back of those performances.

“We are not far off winning, it is those fine margins and that has never been as evident as it has been over the last few months.”

City have been dealt a setback this week, as there has been illness which has been in the squad, affecting the numbers Robins has had at his disposal.

Robins admitted it has been a tough week for the team, but is hoping some of his players will be able to recover for tomorrow.

“It’s been a tough week there has been an epidemic and you don’t know from one day to the next who is going to be ok  and who isn't.” He said.

“I’ve got to be right with everyone and see who has not been affected as much. It's that time of the year where there is a lot of illness going around not just within the club.

“Hopefully we will be ok for tomorrow. It will be tough game and our record isn’t the best there so hopefully we can change that around off the back of a tough week.”

Also, tomorrow afternoon will mark the retirement of Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson, who twice recovered from cancer.

Thompson scored the goal to keep Rochdale in League One last season and Robins paid tribute to the midfielder.

“It is incredible for him to come back not once but twice from a life-threatening illness, it’s testament to his character.

“You hear players coming back from long injuries, but this is different, and he has come back and been able to play at the level, then score a goal which keeps them up last year.

“Obviously, he has a young family and the treatment has taken a knock on his body and he probably feels like it is having an impact and he is not recovering as quickly.

“I think it is probably a sensible thing with the advice he’s been given that he moves into something else.

“He will be a miss because he is a character and he is incredible and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him still involved with football.”


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