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INTERVIEW: "It’s Just Time To Relax"

City boss talks about missed chances...

18 October 2019

The Sky Blues are back on the road this weekend as they make the trip to MK Dons as they look to get back to winning ways.

City fell short of victory last time out against Tranmere Rovers, despite dominating the game and creating several chances on goal.

Mark Robins’ side had nineteen efforts on goal compared to the visitors three and reflecting on those missed opportunities, the manager told how his side need to start to take those chances, starting at MK Dons this weekend.

He said: “You’re there to take them. Sometimes you take them, sometimes you don’t and that is the frustration for everybody.

“The player who has the shot or the chance and doesn’t take it, it starts to weigh on them a bit and the next chance becomes a little bit more important, it’s just time to relax and take the chances like they’re capable of doing and just to focus on the processes that got you there.

“You’ve got opposition that are trying to stop you, and each game you’ve got different players trying to stop you from doing what you want to do and then it’s trying to overcome that.

“There’s plenty of thinking to be done each game to outthink the opponent and we do that pretty well for the most part but there’s still things we need to do.

“We’re still not brilliant at set plays , we have to be a little bit better when it comes to creating more opportunities from set plays, we’re capable of doing it but it’s that belief and that process that it’s going to take a little bit more time to get those results.

“Ultimately, I’m happy with the way we played on Sunday and in general throughout the season, but we have to keep going and there’s still things that we can learn from in each game.

“It’s the whole process. You’ve got to understand how you create space, you’ve got to understand the man on the ball is in charge, he’s the conductor of the orchestra and the orchestras got to back it up once the ball comes into the box.

“We have to go through that process to get better at it, but we don’t look too far off being fairly dangerous from them to the eye, but there’s still things we can do to make them better.”

Ahead of this weekend’s trip to Stadium MK, Robins gave an injury update on the likes of Jamie Allen, Sam McCallum and Max Biamou.

“Sam is fit. Hes got a new nickname, Lazarus, because the way he walked off last week and the way he was training on Monday.

“He doesn’t know yet when he’s injured, he doesn’t know his body yet and he obviously felt some pain last week.

“He just landed a little bit funny, maybe a bit of weight on him when he fell just hurt his knee but he’s moved brilliantly this week, trained from Monday.

“Max is fit and is training this week and Jamie Allen is another week closer. He’s having a scan Monday, so its six weeks on Monday.

“The previous injury was six weeks until he was back, and then he played. This injury clearly isn’t something that we can judge, because he was training and he was pain free and he was doing everything fine and then he starts to warm up and he starts to feel something and then re-tears it.

“So what do you do this time, do you give him another six weeks or do you leave him a week or two longer.

“We are going to re-scan him on Monday and then hopefully we can maybe have a more informed decision as to where we go, but from the six-week period it’s another week closer to being fit.”


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