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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Sunderland Preview

City make the trip to the Stadium of Light...

22 November 2019

City boss Mark Robins wants his side to ‘keep moving in the right direction’ as they come up against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this weekend.

The Sky Blues moved up to third in League One last week, when they came from behind to beat Rochdale 2-1 at St Andrew’s.

Last time out away at Sunderland, City came away with all three points in a 5-4 win against the Black Cats, with former striker Conor Chaplin scoring the winner.

Robins isn’t expecting another nine-goal thriller but wants his side to have that same mentality which saw them come away with the win earlier this year.

He said: “It was a good game last year and this is obviously a different scenario, different set of circumstances and again they’re a good side, good players and a lot of players we know with Lee Burge and Jordan Willis being up there as well as Marc McNulty and I know Joel Lynch very well as well.

“They’ve got good players there’s no doubt about it, but we want to go up and try and do what we do.

“We know we’re going to come up against some threats, McGeady is a top player but I think If we play the way we know we can do, I’m not saying a 5-4 because I think they come round every now and again.

“We need to go up with the same sort of mentality and see where that takes us but just go and be us, keep being us and keep play the way we do and earn the right.

“It’s about points and not getting uptight about it because we’re playing well, in the majority of games we’ve had this season we’ve played really well.

“We’ve just got to keep doing us, we’ve got to keep making sure we’re moving in the right direction with confidence and belief and keep producing the level of performance that we have done for most of the season.”

City will come up against some familiar faces in the opposition line-up tomorrow afternoon come kick-off.

Academy graduates, Jordan Willis and Lee Burge joined the Black Cats in the summer on a permanent deal, whilst Marc McNulty joined on loan from Reading.

Robins will be aware of the threats the trio possess and admitted it may help, but there are more components to their side.

“They’ve got a really good side, there’s a lot of other players in that, a lot of other components to it and they’re a good team.

“It helps in the knowledge that you’ve worked with the players before so you do know them but ultimately you pay attention to their strengths and you also pay attention to weaknesses and potential weaknesses and you’ve got to try and exploit that and they’ll be doing exactly the same.

“We have to be mindful of where we are, concentrate on us and what I mean by concentrating on us is you try and work on things where you perhaps feel a bit of weakness and keep doing the things that you think are good and hopefully you improve over time and this weekends no different.

“We’ve got to go up there and know we’re going to a club that feel they should be in a higher division.

“We’ve been in this division for quite a while now, obviously having dipped out of it for a little while and we want to try and build and keep building and that’s our aim.”


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