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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Accrington Stanley Preview

City entertain Accrington this weekend...

1 November 2019

The Sky Blues come up against Accrington Stanley this weekend, as they return to League One action at St Andrew’s.

City head into the game on the back of a three-game unbeaten run in the league, which consists of draws against MK Dons and Peterborough and a win over Fleetwood Town.

Accrington travel to St Andrew’s 18th in League One, after a run of mixed results in recent games, which includes ending Ipswich Town’s unbeaten run.

Ahead of the weekend’s clash, City boss Mark Robins is wary of the threat from their opponents.

He said: “It will be another tough game tomorrow against Accrington who let’s not forgot were promoted with us, but they were promoted as champions only a couple of years ago.

“They look at themselves and play down their achievements, but they are competing on merit because they are a good side managed well by John Coleman.

“They’ve got some good staff there, Jimmy Bell’s there, he’s been around the game a long time and they get the best out of the players.

“Similarly to us they’ll sell their players, they’ll do well and there’s some good players there- McConvillle and Jordan Clark.

“I know Jordan Clark really well from my Barnsley days, I gave him his debut and he’s gone on to have a really successful career at Accrington Stanley, he’s a really good player.

“Alongside that you’ve got Colby Bishop who signed from Leamington locally and they’ve got Courtney Baker-Richardson who we know well here, Offrande Zanzala from Derby County, they’ve got some really good players.

“They’ll play on the fact that they are little Accrington, but they’re not little Accrington at all they’re competing on merit, they’re a really good side and I don’t think aybody undersestimates them.”

The Sky Blues will be up against a familiar face in the form of Colby Bishop, a player Accrington signed from Leamington this past summer.

Bishop lined-up against City in pre-season when the Sky Blues faced Leamington and looks set to do so again this weekend.

“They have good players and Bishop proved that, he scored a couple of goals against Ipswich a couple of weeks ago and that’s another result that shows you how capable they are.

“They pick up good results against good sides and they’ll be relishing coming to St Andrews tomorrow.

“We’ve got to stand up to that challenge, I say every time we play them they’re wily, they know the dark arts and they do it well but on the back of that they’ve got good players.”


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