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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Post Swindon Reaction

City secured victory against the Robins...

28 July 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins was pleased with the performance from his side in the 2-0 win over Swindon Town.

Goals from Amadou Bakayoko and Max Biamou in the second half was enough to see off the League Two side at the County Ground.

Robins believes the game gave his side a good work-out and a better test of things to come in the league next season.

He said: “It was a decent exercise because it was more like a real game, and a decent away performance at Swindon where we notoriously don’t win.

“It was a good performance really. The pitch made it a little bit slow, but they got stuck in and it was a typical league game really, and good work-out for us to have before the season kicks off.

“We made some poor decisions on the ball at times, naive more than anything, but the majority of the play was good.

“We moved the ball ok but it’s not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination, and we have just got to keep performing in the way we are because there was some good stuff there; some brave stuff there.

 “But again, pre-season games don’t have the same feel but it’s a decent away performance with some brilliant support, and we managed to get a couple of goals with Max scoring right on 90 minutes.

“It was a typical league game to be fair because they stopped playing out and started smashing it long and we had to start winning the headers.”

During the game against the Robins, the Sky Blues were forced into two changes with Liam Kelly and Jamie Allen having to make way.

Talking after the final whistle, Robins revealed he was hopeful it wasn’t too serious and that he will find out the full extent soon.

On Liam Kelly, Robins said: “I think that’s a nerve thing rather than a muscle pull or tear, so I am hopeful on that one.

“And Jamie Allen we just have to assess next week. That may require a scan to see what the extent of the injury is, if it is an injury. I don’t know.

“He was feeling his hip flexor, groin area so we have to wait and see.

“But Zain Westbrooke went on and did well and Tom Bayliss came on a did well, pepped it up in the second half so it was a good performance from him.”

There was also an update on last year’s Player of the Season, Dom Hyam, who missed Wednesday’s clash with Liverpool Under-23s, as well as Gervane Kastaneer who was forced off during the 0-0 draw.

“Dom is back training and we will have to see if gets through the game on Tuesday.”

On Kastaneer: “I don’t know, I don’t want to speculate.”


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