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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Rochdale Preview

City return to League One action this weekend...

15 November 2019

The Sky Blues return to League One action this weekend following a two-week break, as they welcome Rochdale to St Andrew’s.

City have been in domestic cup competitions in their last two outings, having progressed from the FA Cup and Leasing.com Trophy.

Mark Robins will welcome back a former team-mate in the form of Rochdale manager, Brian Barry-Murphy, and he has been impressed with what he has seen from Dale so far.

He said: “They’re a good team, I know Brian he was a player at Sheffield Wednesday when I was there at the back end of my career and he’s a good lad, he’s taken over the reigns there and they’re playing a good brand of football.

“They play really attractive stuff and I think it will be a really good game. Hopefully the weather will influence that in a positive way and we can have a good game of football.

“They play a decent brand, they’ve got a lot of experience in the team, they’ve got some young players in the team one of them missing he’s with England under 19’s, Matheson who scored at Old Trafford in the game there.

“They’re a good outfit there’s no doubt about it and it’s a game we can look forward to but again its about us and what we can do and If we can carry the same threat and the same work rate as last week then happy days but obviously we’ve got change to make.

“I’m juggling one or two bits and pieces at the minute to just to see which way we go, finalise the plans today and then we look forward to the game.”

City will be without Kyle McFadzean and Max Biamou this weekend, as the duo serve suspensions from previous matches.

Robins will have food for thought when it comes to selection tomorrow and he told how he has a few things in mind come kick-off.

“I think from my point of view it’s about us and always will be and how we can influence the game in a positive way for us and impact that game as we have done in all the other games we’ve played so far and its no different.

“I’m juggling quite a few things, I’ve got to look at everything and try and pick the right team, get the right balance, the right shape and the right personnel for a difficult game tomorrow but this games a good game.

“They play good football and try and move the ball and it gives us plenty of scope to enjoy watching them, I’ve enjoyed watching them play, they play some really attractive stuff and it also gives you pointers to where you can hurt them.”


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