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INTERVIEW: "We Have To Keep Learning"

Robins on competition for places...

6 September 2019

In the final week of the transfer window, Mark Robins added Tennai Watson and Liam Walsh to his side on loan.

The duo come in to add competition to the side, as the manager looks for a battle for a starting berth in every position.

Robins wants those who have currently been starting to fight for that position week in week out, with others waiting in the wings to grab the jersey.

“We have a decent squad and a decent fight for the jerseys.” He said.

“The player’s in possession have to fight because the people that aren’t starting are going to want the jerseys and that’s what I want.

“Anyone sulking isn’t going to do it because the levels won’t be there so really it’s going to be survival of the fittest and we’re going to pick up injuries and we have to get people up to speed and ready.

“The amount of games we’ve had in the opening month has been tough for everyone because of the minutes they’ve had coming straight in from the cold of pre-season.

“The performances have been at a good level and we want to take it up another level and see how far we can do that.

“We have to keep learning from the games and keep working hard on the training ground to learn and I think that’s the most important thing for us.

“We’ve worked hard on what we’ve done on the training ground and on philosophy and the way that we do things and the way that we work.”

The latest addition was Walsh on deadline day, as he joined on a season long loan from Championship side, Bristol City.

The midfielder has trained with his new team mates this week and Robins revealed that he is ready to be called upon when needed.

“Liam is a good player. We’ve been trying to double up in the positions as much as we can do and you’re looking at players then to fight get the shirt and to keep the shirt and these are the things we’re looking for from all of them.

“He’s a really good footballer. He grew up at Everton and he’s a physical footballer and technical and I expect him to perform at a high level when he plays.

“He is okay, he’s only trained for a couple of days with us and he’s been training at Bristol and he’s played there this season.”

There was also an update on midfielder Jamie Allen, who hasn’t featured this season having picked up an injury in the final pre-season game against Swindon Town.

“Jamie is ok, he has been training and he is more or less pain free so he won’t be too far off, this weekend might come too soon, but he’s comping at the bit so he won’t be too far away.”

 


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