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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins On Blackpool Defeat

The manager looked back on defeat against the Seasiders...

26 January 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins was left feeling frustrated after a poor second-half cost City against Blackpool at the Ricoh Arena.

Goals from Nathan Delfouneso and Armand Gnanduillet secured the three points for the visitors early in the second half despite City dominating proceedings throughout the first 45 minutes.

The manager was happy with the first half but believes his players must start taking some responsibility.

He said: “We had a great first half, it just feels like Groundhog Day because we are playing some really good stuff. I am going to have to take it on the chin and if that means getting stick or whatever I have to do it because we have got to get through it.

“We are almost there but it is going to take a little bit more time and a bit more work. We have played good football, we’ve pinned them in and done all the things that are right, and we don’t get the goal. We have to get that goal, and someone has to shoulder the responsibility.

“If you’re not scoring and missing chances you start to question yourself, you get that man on you shoulder questioning ‘am I going to score this?’ rather than being ruthless and doing it.

“The thing you can do is getting through it by practice, which is where the work comes in.”

City conceded almost immediately after the restart, a goal which left Robins extremely disappointed.

“We’ve conceded a really poor goal early from a set play where we’ve stopped. It’s a good ball in the box but they shouldn’t score from the second phase.

“Then they start to panic a bit, so from that perspective we have to understand it is a young group. That is not an excuse, that’s just how things are and how we react has got to be better.”

Despite conceding early on, the manager believes that his side shouldn’t change their style of play and insists on playing passing and attacking football.  

“That’s happened and then we start chasing the game. We have got to stop launching the ball forward because we are not good at that and I don’t want to see that, and our supporters don’t want to see that. They want to see goals and goalmouth action.

“At half time we were saying it was really good until the final third and then we have to increase the tempo of the passes and the movement and we have got to get better at that.

“Certainly, in the defensive side where you can’t allow a forward to move you and pin you and Dominic has allowed that to happen and he’s got to be better there and generally he does a really good job, but don’t stop doing it.

“Everybody makes mistakes but its how you come back from it and keep doing the things we did in the first half even in adversity and when the crowd are getting a bit restless. Keep going because that’s how we need to move forward.”

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