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INTERVIEW: “We Need To Be Confident and Positive"

Sky Blues get their FA Cup campaign underway...

8 November 2019

Mark Robins revealed how he has ‘limited options’ ahead of the weekend due to injuries and suspensions.

The Sky Blues will be without Max Biamou who starts his suspension, Matty Godden who is ruled out until December at the earliest and there are also doubts over the fitness of Jordy Hiwula.

The City boss says he ‘may’ have to change things this weekend but is looking forward to the clash against Colchester United in the FA Cup First Round.

He said: “I have limited options but decent ones. We may change slightly, its certainly got to change because of the injuries and suspensions and all those things but that’s the challenge.

“We’ve got to try and find a way of playing our stuff but being competitive and trying to get chances to win the game.

“It’s a good game, on paper they’ve got some really good players, they’ve built a strong squad and they’re just outside the play-offs on the same points as us in their division though they’ve played a game more but yeah it’s an interesting game.

“The way that they play is an attractive style of football and they’ve got pace and power and that’s something we have to understand but also try and play our football.

“We’re away from home, that’s been a problem for us in terms of getting wins so can we go and get our first win on the road and kickstart our away form. It’s a good game, a big game.”

City will be hoping to pick their first win on the road this season, having been pegged back late on in games away this season.

Robins spoke to the local press earlier today and told how it’s fine margins at the moment as to why they haven’t been able to get that win, but he is confident it will come sooner rather than later.

He said: “It’s small margins, its about remaining confident, enjoy being in the moment, enjoy the defending side of the game as well as the attacking side of the game and see games out and not drop ourselves in the mire at times with some passes that we could play forward.

“We need to be confident and positive and keep doing the things that we’re doing because things will turn around, we’ve just got to maintain that belief and things will come away from home.

“We’re looking at probably the biggest cup competition and we want to do well in It as well as we possibly can because there’s financial ramifications, you want to progress because your supporters are desperate for you to do well, they get to go to places that they don’t necessarily go to on a regular basis and you’ve always got the chance of pulling out a plum tie in the third round.

“This is the first round and we’ve got a really tricky tie, if we can get through this one then who knows what can happen in the coming rounds.

“It gives us another game if we get through at the end of the month and who knows what could happen in January.”


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