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INTERVIEW: Robins reflects on Fleetwood victory

Sky Blues get back to winning ways...

23 October 2019

The Sky Blues got back to winning ways on Wednesday with an ‘important’ 2-1 victory over Fleetwood Town according to City boss Mark Robins.

Robins’ men came from a goal behind to score two goals in the second half, and it was the equalising goal the Robins felt was key.

Robins said: “It was our first goal in a few games and I think that was what contributed to the anxiety in the first half.

“We were lacking a bit of confidence and we were a little bit slow with finding those spaces when they changed shape three or four times during the game to match you, and unsettle you, and that is difficult to overcome.

“Once we got to grips with it, I thought we were really good and we kept their chances to a minimum and the first goal, it has dropped down and Baka was alive and turned it in with a great finish.”

Robins made personnel and tactical changes at half time with Max Biamou and Kyle McFadzean coming on, shorty followed by Liam Kelly, and Robins felt it was the experience that shifted the tide in the game.

He said: “The senior lads who came in at half time made a big, big difference to us today.

“The changes were really good and the players who came in helped and in the second half we defended really well.

“They were a similar side to Rotherham with similar types of player, robust players, and we had to be equal to that.”

Fleetwood also changed formation throughout the game but Robins was prepared for what Fleetwood had to throw at his side.

“After their start they sat in a bit and said come at us by setting traps but we knew that, we knew what they were going to do.

“When that happens, you have to come up with something and a different way of doing it and we managed to do that and the players did really, really well in the second half.”

This evening’s victory means the Sky Blues sit fourth in the Sky Bet League One table, however Robins admits his side won’t be getting carried away.

He said: “No one has said we have to be promoted this season, we are staying calm and we are trying to build something.

“We are in a decent position with a team that are just beginning to find their feet.

“At the end of the day we have to take confidence from that result because it was a really good three points and I can’t tell you how important it was.”


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