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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects on Oxford United

Robins left disappointed following home defeat...

23 March 2019

Mark Robins was left feeling disappointed following the Sky Blues’ defeat against the visiting Oxford United.

The Sky Blues were looking to make it three wins on the bounce and to continue their push for the play-offs.

Speaking after the defeat, Robins said: “We started off brilliantly, and could have been two or three goals up but did not take those chances.

“The game then settled down and they [Oxford United] gained a little bit of a foothold although they did not create a great deal in the first half.

“Their goalkeeper then made a really good save in the first few minutes of the second half, and from then on we did not create enough.

“It is a disappointing defeat in the end.”

Oxford United travelled to the Ricoh looking for a win, but with different intentions than the home side as they find themselves among the 13-team relegation battle. 

Robins was aware that would come with a game plan, and made it clear that it was evident throughout the fixture: “They came with a game plan which was to frustrate us and to break up the play when we were on top. 

“They managed to slow things down a bit but at the end of the day, that is the other teams prerogative – to try and get something out of the game.

“Them coming out with the three points is bitterly disappointing for us, and they will be delighted with it because they have got clear of trouble.”

With only seven games of the season left and with the Sky Blues due to come up against a number of play-off contenders, Robins highlights what is needed from his team during a tough final stretch: “We are the masters of our own downfall really, because we could have been a little bit more clinical – you look at the teams at the top, Luton scored four today and are ruthless in the final third, and we are not. 

“We have been on a really good run, and when it matters you want that performance to be there.

“The last seven games are going to be nip and tuck and there is no doubt that we will have some good performances.

“We have to take this defeat on the chin and move forward. There is still loads of football to play yet.”

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