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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Walsall Win

Sky Blues make it back to back wins...

16 February 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins was left feeling delighted following City’s 3-0 victory over Midlands rivals Walsall.

Amadou Bakayoko opened the scoring against his former club, before Jordy Hiwula and Bright Enobakhare extended the deficit.

The result see’s City move up to ninth in the League One table and Robins was happy with his side’s overall performance.

He said: “It was good, it’s about time really. We could have taken a couple more chances and it could have been more emphatic, but I thought it was a really good performance.

“They are no dummies, they are on a bad run of form and in a different head space to when we played them the first time around.

“I think it was a real first-class performance and I thought we passed the ball well. We stuck at it and we played some really good football.

“We controlled the game and that was really pleasing.”

Former Saddlers striker Bakayoko notched his first goal for the club since his brace against Charlton in October, and the manager was full of praise for the forward.

“I thought Bakayoko’s performance after he scored his goal, when he got a bit of confidence, was outstanding.” He said.

“He was winning things in the air, was flicking balls on, he was getting hold of it, and he’s been really good.

“That’s a marker for him, he’s set his benchmark and he has to keep doing that.

“He has got a really good header. It was a great ball in from Dujon and some of the movements where what we are after.”

David Stockdale also followed up his clean sheet at Rochdale with another against Walsall and the manager has been impressed with his contribution whilst filling in for the injured Lee Burge.

“He (Stockdale) is a proper goalkeeper, he is a goalkeeper that has a load of experience playing at a higher level. He is composed and because of that it gives everybody confidence.

“He talks, he’s vocal, and that is a goalkeeper of the next level.

“He commanded his penalty area whenever they got in the area and he did that a few times. He relieves the pressure and he comes and claims it.

“I thought to a man we were good. Willis and Hyam, the two fullbacks did well, and we dealt with their threat.”


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