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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Previews Doncaster Rovers

The Sky Blues entertain Doncaster this weekend...

27 September 2019

The Sky Blues face Doncaster Rovers this weekend as boss Mark Robins comes up against his former captain, Darren Moore.

Moore was the captain of Robins’ Barnsley side ten years ago and the game will mark the first competitive fixture between the two as managers.

Doncaster come into the game in seventh place in League One, a position below where they finished the 2018/19 season.

Robins is expecting a difficult fixture against Rovers tomorrow afternoon when the Sky Blues return to action.

“They’re a good side.” He said.

“They obviously finished in the play-offs last year and just missed out and they have good quality, and there’s been plenty of change.

“Darren Moore took over and has picked up where they left off last year and they play some really good football, they have young players but good players and Darren is somebody I know well, he was my captain at Barnsley and he’s a great lad and he’s done really well in his managerial career so far.

“I thought it was really harsh that he left West Brom, I think they were 4th at the time and he’s gone into Doncaster and he’s done really well so I’m really pleased for him.

“He’s a top bloke and I hope he does really well, after tomorrow.”

The Sky Blues were without a fixture last weekend, following the cancellation of the scheduled match against Bury.

City will return looking to pick up where they left off with three points at St Andrew’s and Robins is looking forward to the action getting back underway against Doncaster.

“I think it’s early, there’s plenty of improvement to be had, if we can eke those improvements out and doing that against the top teams is what you want, and we are looking forward to the game.

“Doncaster have got a lot of experience in there and really good players and James Coppinger’s still playing at 38 years of age and it’s phenomenal what he’s doing, and he keeps going and he links things together.

“The two other lads in midfield have been Ben Sheaf and Ben Whiteman who have been strong and it’s been a really strong start for them as well.

“They’ve lost some players and replaced them and Marko’s left and Niall Ennis has gone in on loan from Wolves, they’ve signed Kazaiah Sterling from Spurs so you know they’ve got a lot of good young players in there as well and Darren’s gone in and galvanised them pretty quickly as well so It makes for a pretty good game.”

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