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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On Barnsley Result

Robins pleased with a point on the road...

30 March 2019

The Sky Blues travelled upto Yorkshire to face an in-form Barnsley side, as they sought to get back to winning ways following last week’s defeat at the hands of Oxford United.

City went behind twice in the game, but - thanks to emphatic finishes from wingers Jordy Hiwula and Luke Thomas - left Oakwell with what could prove to be a crucial point come the end of the season.

Speaking after the match, manager Mark Robins said: “I am proud of them because without a doubt they are the best team we have played.

“In both games that we played, I think that they have been outstanding and I think they will go up.

“We have taken four points off them, but the games have been really tight and perhaps we could have won today.

“We also could have lost the game but for some good saves from [Lee] Burge and some interventions.” 

Although being pleased with the point on the road, Robins is still aware of the areas of his team’s performance where improvement is possible: “Maybe we can pass out from the back a bit more often and have that confidence about us.

“But, what happened in the game is that we were allowing them to dictate in the first instance which led to the first goal.” 

Nonetheless, Robins travels away from Yorkshire content: “I thought that we were calm, and grew into the game.

“As soon as we got on the front foot, in terms of mentality, we scored – and I thought that it was a really good goal,” speaking on Jordy Hiwula’s equaliser.

“They haven’t conceded many goals at home this season, especially in open play. So to get two from open play and go close at the end with two headers was great.”

City came from behind twice in the game to earn themselves a point, which Robins praises: “We’re coming to the stage of the season now, with six games left, that we really wanted to come and get the three points here which not many teams have achieved in a long time.

“We have to get closer to that level of performance and be consistent with it, but it does show you that we can do it and get up there. 

“There were some brilliant performances again today.” 

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