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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Rochdale Preview

The Gaffer looks ahead to the weekend's clash...

21 February 2020

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to returning to League One action tomorrow afternoon against Rochdale at Spotland.

This past week has been the Sky Blues’ first without a midweek fixture since the middle of January and the City boss has been able to give his players a few days rest.

Now as the Sky Blues come into the weekend they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run and Robins told how is players are ‘raring’ to go.

He said: “They’ve had a lot of games, there’s been games In a close proximity and we’ve had tough cup games and replays and all sorts of stuff like that so it’s fit in pretty well with what we wanted to do.

“They’re raring to go and why wouldn’t they, they’re playing really well at the moment and they’ve just got to keep that going.

“You always talk about winning being a consequence of performance and we’ve got to maintain focus on the performance and the quality of that and keep those levels up and if we can do that again we’re not far away and it’s an exciting last third of the season.

“There’s a lot of games to go, some really good games coming up and we’re just looking forward to the run in to see where we can get to.”

Brian Barry-Murphy’s Rochdale are the opponents this weekend, as Spotland is the host venue for the two sides heading into battle tomorrow.

Last weekend, Rochdale’s fixture against Tranmere Rovers was postponed due to the waterlogged pitch at Spotland, but since then, the Dale have taken measure to ensure the Sky Blues’ fixture goes ahead.

The last time the two sides met it was a spectacular solo goal from Liam Walsh which separated the two come the final whistle and the Gaffer is expecting another close affair.

“They have some good players there. Ian Henderson’s been tremendous for a lot of years and surprised that really someone didn’t take him earlier in his career because he’s been fantastic for them.

“Brian Barry-Murphy’s someone I know very well, I played with him at Sheffield Wednesday at the end of my career and it’s really his first season in it and he’s doing well, he’s got them playing a really good brand of football and I think it’ll be a good game.

“I think there’s 3000 of our support going and it’s tremendous.

“It’s great that they’ve done that (Rochdale taken measures to protect the pitch), I know they lost their game last week and hopefully they’ve dried the pitch out and it will remain in a decent state and we can go and play some football.

“They try and play and they’re a good team with some really good players. I think one or two may come back from lay-offs for them and a good game to look forward to.”


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