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INTERVIEW: Robins Talks Formations, Shooting and Injuries

The Sky Blues changed to a 5-3-2 last time out...

25 October 2019

The Sky Blues make the trip to the Weston Homes Stadium Saturday afternoon, as they look to build on the midweek victory over Fleetwood Town.

City came from behind in the second half, after a tactical change caught their opponents off guard and the Sky Blues took advantage with three points.

City boss Mark Robins switched things up to a 5-3-2 formation, something the Sky Blues had done before at Forest Green Rovers and the Manager told how it is one of a number of ways his side can play.

“We can do three or four, it depends on who’s available, what players are available. Ultimately, it’s about us and trying to maximise what we have.

“We’ve done really well as a back four and we’ve had good success in the formation that we’ve started the season with.

“If we can flip to a different formation during the game then obviously that’s another string to our bow, but we have to go about the job our way and the philosophy comes through so it doesn’t matter about the system it’s just the way we play.

“We still try and play out from the back, we still try and pass the ball as much as we possibly can do and we had 60% in the first half and that’s the thing, possession is the vanity bit you have to make sure you do something with it and the balls into the box and the final third entries and shots on target has got to be higher, and they’re capable of doing that.

“It’s about getting the confidence to shoot because if you miss then you miss but miss the right way, the ‘keeper might tap it out and all of a sudden you just lift it into an empty net.

“Those are the things we’ve got to be better at and get more confidence with and having the belief because every single one of them can shoot and shoot well.”

City go into the game this weekend with a few injury doubts, after Jordy Hiwula was brought off a half-time with a suspected ankle problem.

Jordy joined fellow striker Matty Godden, who has been out for the last week with a groin problem and Robins gave an update on the fitness latest of the duo.

“It’s as we were the other night, we are just waiting for the information to come through.

“He’s a doubt but I haven’t ruled anyone out because I’ve got to see what we do in training and it would be daft to rule anybody out.

“He’s desperate to play, but we’ve just got to see what happens in training today because you never know what can happen.

“I remember just before the first week of the season and Josh Pask got injured doing the set play practices and he’s obviously close to a return and will start full training again next week.

On Hiwula: “He’s fine, it was a knock in training the day before the game but he’s fine now.

“Jamie Allen Is a week closer, it’s just a phased return but how long is a piece of string? It’s frustrating, for Jamie as well because you bring players in and want them to be ready to go and when they’re not it’s frustrating, equally so for both.

“We’ve just got to wait until he’s right and when he is hopefully we’ll have him for the rest of the season.”


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