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INTERVIEW: Robins Reflects On Peterborough Draw

City were pegged back right at the death...

26 October 2019

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins was “delighted” for striker Max Biamou after the Frenchman scored on his first league start since August 2018.

Biamou scored a sensational acrobatic effort with six minutes left to play having earlier teed up Amadou Bakayoko for City’s opener.

Robins said: “I’m delighted for Max because he’s worked so hard to get back from his cruciate knee ligament injury that he’s had, and you can see what it means to everybody and he can feel the support behind him.

“I’m just delighted for him. His work rate, and Baka in all fairness, is something we need to keep doing. Once they get the fitness into their legs, they’re going to be a real threat.

“From then on, it looked like there was only going to be one winner and even though they threw everything at us, we dealt with everything, right up until the death.”

Robins was also full of praise for his side’s performance in the first half, but admitted they have learnt a harsh lesson after conceding so late in the game.

“We were so close yet so far away. The game is done, and we have to learn lessons, and harsh lessons, because Peterborough are a good side and they were top of the division for a reason. They score goals at will, so we knew we had to score.

“In the first half, I thought we controlled the game really well. We made them make a change to their shape and personnel. We got a really good goal, a good finish, and we had chances to go and seal it.

“Second half they came out and were brighter than us for whatever reason. We just didn’t start and stopped passing the ball and lost control of the game a little bit.

“Once we regained composure, that belief started to grow which brought about the second goal and, when it came, it was a brilliant goal. It was a great move, good ball in and great finish.”

He was also frustrated that Baka had what appeared to be a perfectly good goal ruled out for handball with City already one goal to the good.

“There was a goal disallowed, I still haven’t got a clue why. They said it was handball, I think it was palmed into the back of the net by one of their players. If he doesn’t give the goal surely, it’s a penalty.”

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