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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Looks Ahead To Oxford Clash

Sky Blues host the U's this weekend at the Ricoh Arena...

22 March 2019

Sky Blues boss, Mark Robins said his side won’t be ‘afraid’ in their fight for a place in the League One Play-offs this season.

City are currently one point behind sixth placed Doncaster Rovers with eight games remaining to try and close the gap and jump into the play-off places come May 4th.

The first of those final eight games comes this weekend as City entertain Karl Robinson’s Oxford United, who themselves are in need of three points.

Robins is looking forward to being back at the Ricoh Arena this weekend and coming up against The U’s.

He said: “Last week against Peterborough was a really good away performance against a good team, their position in the table shows what they are capable of doing.

“Oxford this weekend will be a threat, as are all the other teams we have left to play, but we have to keep trying to win and look forward to the games we have left.

“Being back on home soil is good for us and if we can win those games, then it means we possibly only have to win one of the away games.

“Looking at, it five wins and a couple of draws will do us, but there are only 8 games left so there is not much room for error.

“It is not something we aren’t going to be afraid of though, we are going to go out and enjoy it and see how close we can get and see if we can sneak into that last place.

“There are going to be some nerves going until the end of the season, but we are playing four teams that if they go on a poor run of form could end up in the relegation zone, so it is strange.”

At the start of February, the Sky Blues were ten points adrift from the play-off places, but an upturn in results has seen that gap closed to just one point.

City have won five of their last seven games, drawing one and losing one, albeit drawing against league leaders Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

Robins sees the final eight games of the season as opportunities and is confident in his side to push on and continue to enjoy their performances.

“We have eight games and they are all opportunities.” Robins said.

“Football doesn’t throw up results you expect all the time though, there will be some curve balls and we may win games that we have down as a draw on paper, but fortunately you don’t play the games on paper, we have to go out and perform.

“You see from January teams bring in loads of players and change manager, doing whatever they can do to avoid relegation or get over the line and we are getting on with our job in a methodical way.

“We have young players in the side, but they are getting more confident and more experience as they go on and you can see them enjoying it.

“You can even see it in training, yesterday’s session was very good, looking at the quality as well as how they are going about their work it is a good place to be.”

“I don’t think there is any expectation on us, and all the expectation is on the teams above us and even some below as there are some big teams with a big budget below.

“It is just what we can do and how we go about our work.

“Even when we were having a period where the results were going our way, you can now see that is changing and you can see the belief is there and the quality is there.”


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