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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Accrington Stanley Preview

City travel to the Wham Stadium...

1 March 2019

Sky Blues boss, Mark Robins is looking to take the momentum his side have built-up over the past few weeks into the weekend’s trip to Accrington Stanley.

City are currently unbeaten in their last four games, picking up two wins and two draws along the way.

Last week, Robins’ side came away from league leaders Luton Town with a point, after putting in a performance that matched the result, if not more.

Robins told the local press earlier today that his side can take confidence from previous results heading into their clash against Stanley.

He said: “We’re doing ok, I think it has been a decent month being unbeaten, we’ve had some tough games and could have won three out of the four.

“Last week was a good result in the end as they (Luton) are a really good team that put us under pressure.

“They had the better of the second half so coming out with a point was a good one because they are a really good side and it gives us a close up view of what it takes to become a top team in the division.

“For the young players it’s a good education, but also with a bit more belief against a top team to cause them problems was a little bit beyond us.

“They have battered most teams and been pegged back, it is the first time they have dropped points from a winning position, that is something else we can look at and understand what they have done and what we have done.

“There is a lot of things we can take from that game moving forward, but it has gone, and we focus on a different game tomorrow against a good side.”

City travel to the Wham Stadium for only the second time in the clubs history, following on from last season’s first meeting.

John Coleman’s side started the season brightly following promotion from League Two, but fell off towards the turn of the year.

However, Robins knows what threat Accrington can pose and was full of praise for the job Coleman has done at the Wham.

“We didn’t come out on the good end of them last season.” Robins said.

“We’ve had a draw this season after going a goal down, but I think we are in a decent place, mentally we are ok.

“I think we need to come to terms with players that haven’t been there, it is a small ground with a tight pitch against a good team.

“Coleman has done a brilliant job, he has some good players, they have a good nucleus of a team, not a massive squad but they work for each other.

“We have spoken about them and know what they are capable of, we know it will be difficult, but a game to look forward to and try and get something from it that we couldn’t last season.

“Coleman really has done an absolutely unbelievable job at Accrington Stanley, they were champions last season and they have gone up and done fantastically well.

“They had a run similar to us and had a great result at Sunderland and draw at Southend, they’ve had some good results and they are a good side.

“Billy Kee has been brilliant for them and Paul Smith on loan from QPR.

“He takes players and moulds them into good parts of their team and they are confident in what they do, they do it well and they play the game in a competitive way, so we have to match that and try and play football and get a result.”


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