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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects On MK Dons Draw

Robins wants to see more personality from his side...

19 October 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking for more “personality” from his squad following the goalless draw with Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday.

The point moves City back into the Sky Bet League One play-off places and ends their run of consecutive defeats in the league.

Robins believes his players need to show more personality on the pitch but accepts that he is working with a, talented, young squad.

Robins said: “I’m looking for personality, I haven’t seen enough of that yet. There’s a lot of young players in the squad so that might be why, but I’m still looking for personality and I don’t see enough of it.

“We just need to keep going and keep having the confidence to do it. Don’t get bored, don’t get fed up. It feels like it’s easy, like it’s going to come, but you have to work for that and we’re not working hard enough.

“We have to pick that work rate up and do better. I can’t be too harsh on us though because that’s where we’re at, at the moment. If we keep pushing, eventually we’ll break through.”

He also admitted that his side is lacking confidence in front of goal, having failed to find the back of the net in their last four competitive fixtures.

“We’re just lacking a little bit of confidence in front of goal. Confidence ebbs and flows and you could see that during the game.

“We had a lot of the ball, but we just didn’t do enough with it. Our decision making in the final third was poor as well, but I just said to them, it’s like picking a lock.

“We’re just getting around to that last little bit, where you’ve got to get it right, and it’ll open the door.

Jordy Hiwula had a penalty saved by Dons keeper Lee Nicholls in the second half with Robins stressing the importance of finding the net if his side want to return to winning ways.

“Whilst we want to be winning these games, clearly, we proved today we weren’t good enough in front of goal to do that.

“The penalty needs to hit the back of the net. If you fancy picking the ball up and taking a penalty, you’ve got to do better with it. The keeper’s made an alright save.”


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