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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Ipswich Town Preview

The Sky Blues are back in FA Cup action...

29 November 2019

The Sky Blues continue their FA Cup campaign this weekend as they host Ipswich Town in the Second Round of the competition.

The fixture will be the first of two clashes in the space of six days against the Tractor Boys, as they travel to St Andrew’s again next week in League One action.

City will start a busy run of fixtures, with three games in the space of six days scheduled, with the Second Round of the Leasing.com Trophy against MK Dons on Tuesday night.

Robins admitted there will be considerations ahead of the three fixtures and that starts this Sunday in the FA Cup.

He said: “It’s a game against a top side, a team that’s got strength in depth and come down from the Championship and they will pose a tough test for us, but a game we can look forward to.

“We’ve got them twice in a week so that’s something else to throw into the mix and in between that we’ve got a Leasing.com game against MK Dons away on Tuesday night which is obviously a quick turnaround.

“So, do you apportion the significance to each game which is difficult to do because they’re all important so we’ve got to look at ourselves and try and do what we can to get through to the third round because it’s a big thing for us.

“There’s a lot of considerations, you look at the games in quick succession, you do something different in this game as to the next one but I think ultimately we have to do what’s right for us without worrying too much about the opponent but be respectful of what they are.”

Ipswich came down into League One this season, following their relegation from the Championship the season before.

With a lot of experience within their ranks and a vast amount of strength in depth in Paul Lambert’s side, Robins is aware of the threat they will pose.

“They’re a really good strong side with good players in the team.

“You look at their strengths and their press is as good as anything that we’ve seen in this division, I think the players that they have like Kayden Jackson and James Norwood and Will Keane up front, they’ve got a lot of players in there who are outstanding and that’s just the forwards.

“Luke Chambers has been in there for a long time and is a really experienced centre-half, young Wolfenden’s come in and they’ve got a strong unit, Cole Skuse in the midfield, they’ve got a lot of players who’ve played in the Championship for a long time and I think there are threats in their side.

“He’s also got two elevens, he’s played different sides in the FA Cup last time and it’ll be interesting to see because I think Norwood’s suspended for our league game, he got his fifth booking the other day but we have to cross that bridge when we come to it.

“They’ve got a game in the leasing.com trophy on Wednesday as well so it’s an interesting game and it’s been an interesting week leading up to this game because there are a lot of things to think about.

“Going into it you’re solely focused on getting through, on the performance and what we can do to cause them problems and try and minimise the problems they can cause you but they’re a really good side and they’ve caused a lot of teams a lot of problems this year and we expect a tough game.”


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