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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins MK Dons Preview

The Gaffer previews the trip to Stadium MK...

18 October 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has told how he wants his players to give the travelling support at MK Dons on Saturday another good performance.

City will travel to Stadium MK with a following of over 6,000 Sky Blues supporters in the away end, something which has become a sort of tradition in recent years.

The game gives the Sky Blues the perfect opportunity to bounce back from last week’s defeat to Tranmere Rovers, and Robins is looking forward to kick-off.

He said: “Wherever we go we take a brilliant support.

“With MK because it’s down the road, we take a huge number and I think it’s been limited a bit this time, but I think whatever happens there will be a big number of supporters behind us tomorrow wanting to see a performance like we did last week but obviously with a different outcome.

“The chances are there, and we go there tomorrow with confidence, there’s no reason not to be going there with confidence to try and get a first away win.

“I can’t speak for them, but I think for us there shouldn’t be any pressure other than the pressure we put on ourselves to perform and continue in the way that we have done.

“Also, we’ve got a huge following and we want to give them something to shout about, should we do that it will be really good day, a really good atmosphere and a game to look forward to.”

Only four players remain from the matchday squad last time out against MK Dons back in January 2018; Liam Kelly, Jordan Shipley, Dom Hyam and Max Biamou.

That day a Biamou goal was enough to seal the Sky Blues’ place in the FA Cup Fifth Round and knock out a side who were a division above them.

On the day almost 8,000 supporters packed the away end that day, in what was a special atmosphere and Robins knows it will be similar again on Saturday.

“The players who played there last time are few and far between.

“So, Max may tell the current squad, he may not. Hyam, Shippers and Kells were here so maybe they’ll mention that.

“This game is something because it’s local and it seems to be some sort of pilgrimage that we make every time we play there and it’s a good game.

“It’s a great stadium against a good team and they’re generally good games so we should be looking forward to it.

“We’ll talk about things today, we’ll talk about the support today but ultimately it’s about what we do, and can we take last week’s performance into tomorrow’s game, but also have that ice cool head when its needed.

“Every time we go away from home, we have a huge following. Its brilliant support and one we are grateful for and tomorrow will be a really good day.”


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