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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Talks Wycombe Win

Sky Blues record a perfect start to 2019 with a win on the road...

1 January 2019

The Sky Blues got off to the perfect start to 2019 as goals from Conor Chaplin and Jonson Clarke-Harris ensured that City went home with all three points.

Manager Mark Robins was impressed by the performance and attitude that his team showed as we near the end of the hectic festive period: “I think it was a really professional performance.

“It took us a bit of time to settle down, but they [Wycombe Wanderers] are a really awkward team to play against. 

“They changed things slightly because [Adebayo] Akinfenwa has started against us in the previous three games that we have played against them in the last 12 months – it took us a little bit of time to get to grips with them, but when we had done that I thought that we were really good. 

“The clean sheet was outstanding. It was a really good away performance.” 

Two players who have been pivotal in the Sky Blues’ recent upturn in form are Robins’ centre midfield duo of Liam Kelly and Tom Bayliss, and the gaffer is well aware of how their individual performances have impacted the team: “I think those two have been outstanding.

“Tom [Bayliss] has gone through a little bit of a wobble before these three games where he has lost a little bit of confidence. 

“As a young player, going through that and putting in three performances in like he has done, and I mean really strong performances – he has made a goal, scored a goal and made another goal today – he has varied his game and become an outstanding player again. Fair play to him.”

Bayliss and Kelly were not the only two to receive praise from their manager, though, as Chaplin who had not scored in six Sky Bet League One games before today, Jonson Clarke-Harris who scored with his first touch and Jordy Hiwula who had scored twice in two games previous to today's fixture were all highlighted by their visibly delighted manager. 

The only blip in an otherwise perfect away performance is the injury sustained by Liam Kelly in the games final stages.

However, Robins is looking at the situation as a positive as he feels he has a ready replacement waiting in the wings: “Zain [Westbrooke] did himself the power of good [with his performance against Southend United] really, because he has got himself a lot closer to the team. 

“It was difficult to leave Zain out because I thought he was brilliant the other day.

“We have got to keep our fingers crossed on his [Liam Kelly’s] injury. He was just getting himself going because he has just got his rhythm back and has been magnificent. I am hoping that he is not going to be a miss for us long term. 

“But, overall I think that it was a terrific performance.”

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