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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins previews Peterborough clash

Sky Blues travel to London Road on Saturday...

15 March 2019

Manager Mark Robins said that all of the Sky Blues’ remaining fixtures are now big games, as he looked ahead to Saturday’s trip to Peterborough.

Robins faced the press to preview Saturday’s game, with his side going into the clash three points outside of the Play-Off spots, and two points behind Saturday’s hosts.

“They are all big games, I won’t differentiate” said Robins.

“We’ve got ourselves into an exciting position. There’s nine games left, and if we can win this game then it will be interesting to see where we are at the end of it.”

“They are in the same boat, they have to win, so it makes for an interesting afternoon.”

“It’s a game where we want to get on the front foot, and be able to go and put on a really good performance because I know we will be taking a lot of support.”

Reflecting on Tuesday’s victory over Fleetwood at the Ricoh Arena, Robins praised his side for coming away with the three points in a difficult encounter.

“The game the other night was one of those games where we had to grind a result out”, the Manager said.

“It wasn’t a poor game, but it wasn’t a brilliant game. We had less of the ball than we’re used to, and personnel changes plays a part in that, but they’ve got an experienced team, with a lot of games under their belt at this level.”

The team was a youthful one on Tuesday night, against an experienced Fleetwood side, and Robins expressed his pride in the performance that the young Sky Blues put in at the Ricoh Arena.

“We’ve got a young squad, the youngest team that’s been put out in any of the divisions, and I’m proud and pleased of the performance that we put in.”

After an unbeaten February, last Friday’s loss to Burton is the only blot on the Sky Blues’ recent copy book.

“We’re in a decent run of form, a decent place mentally, and we’ve got a good way of playing”, Robins commented.

“But we have had a lot of injuries, and that’s another consideration for me on where we expect to be and how we expect to perform each game.

“I know what we’re capable of doing, I know what we struggle with. While we’re performing at the level that we are, I know that at our top level we are capable of giving anybody a really good game.”

When questioned about his ambitions and those of the club, short-term and long-term, Robins reaffirmed his goals for the Sky Blues and spoke of the excitement he feels.

“We all know what I feel about this club, it’s a great club. We need to make sure it ends up where we want to be.

“We want to be Championship minimum, fighting to try and get back in that Premier League.

“We’ve got a really good competitive team that’s young, vibrant and energetic. It has that naivety but it’s exciting – it’s exciting to see the young players start to push and to be in the position we are at this stage of the season. We want to keep that going as long as we possibly can do, and see where we end up.”


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