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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Plymouth Clash

The Gaffer looks ahead to the trip to Home Park...

18 January 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking for calmness in front of goal from his side, as they make the trip to Plymouth Argyle this weekend.

City head down south this morning ahead of the League One clash and will be hoping to bounce back from last weeks draw with AFC Wimbledon.

The Sky Blues created a whole host of chances in a dominant display against the Dons, but were unable to find a winner.

Robins is confident in his side to change their fortune in front of goal as long as they continue to play their game.

He said: “It’s not about the fear factor, I think really we are trying to take an extra touch and make sure that things are fine.

“The defenders are trying to stop you and we have just got to find a way of getting a good contact and be ice cold in that final third and right in the final moment and that will come at some point and that will be a turning point and people will feel lot more comfortable in front of goal.

“It’s a cycle and it won’t go on forever, it’s about being comfortable and making those correct decisions at the right time and I think you would see that it has started to come, and we are almost there.

“Our decision making is a process and we talk about the calmness and being sort of rash and snatching the chances because we are desperate to do that and to take that desperation out of it and just be calm.

“This process has got to be a little bit smoother and once that happens, they will be fine because their finishing is outstanding.

“We will keep doing the same things and try to play in a way we have done of late and most of the season in all fairness but especially of late we are starting to click and these are really good signs.”

City will take on a Plymouth side who have picked up form recently and head into the game on the back of consecutive wins in League One.

The trip to Home Park is one of the furthest Robins and his side will make this season, as well as the Sky Blue supporters.

The City boss understands the ‘huge commitment’ the supporters make each week and expects the same from his players.

“It’s a long journey but you have got to feel for them as well because they do it every other week.” He said.

“It’s a beautiful part of the world and we are going to go down this morning and we are going train on our way down and get there in reasonable time, just part of our daily routine.

“They are a good team. They were a bit shattered during the Christmas period and needed a breather, which they got and since then they have had two good wins, so they have got a little bit of confidence, a bit of momentum going.

“We have built up a little bit of momentum as well and the way we are playing is exciting, for us going away, so why should we change.

“We have set about a philosophy and are trying to sort of embedded it and see how far we can go with that, so a lot of positive signs for us and we want continue in the same vein. “They are a decent footballing team, it should be a good game.

“I was in London on Monday night meeting with the London supporters of Coventry City and it was clear that they follow the club all over the country and spend fortunes doing that, so that’s worth bearing in mind as well for everybody, that’s a huge commitment supporters make and a lot of them stay overnight and make a weekend of it.

“There’s a huge commitment from them and they expect the same from us and it’s worth reminding the players.”

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