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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Southend United Preview

City travel to Roots Hall to take on the Shrimpers...

14 February 2020

The Sky Blues travel to Southend United this weekend and boss Mark Robins is expecting a touch challenge come kick-off at Roots Hall.

Despite sitting 22nd in League One at the moment, Sol Campbell has given youth an opportunity in recent weeks, as the Shrimpers put trust in some of those to have grown through their academy.

Southend have been struggling with several injuries to key players, but Robins is well aware that anyone can beat anyone in this league on their day.

He said: “It’s another challenge. The games are all different and they’re all difficult, we’ve got to be professional and set about the job the way that we’ve done in any game.

“You just approach the game in the same way as any other and if you don’t there’s a chance that you come unstuck.

“Anybody can beat anybody on their day, and we have to go and perform to our maximum whatever that is but we look forward to it and we will go and play like we have done.

“I don’t have any fears but we’re all human beings and they’re human beings too, there’s always different factors, illness, slight injury or whatever in anybody.

“They’ve got a lot of injuries; they’ve got a lot of players out and they’re down at the bottom of the league where they don’t want to be, but they’ve got some good players.

“There are some young players in there, they’re giving chances to the younger players who have come through their academy system and they’ve taken the opportunity to do that.

“A lot of the experienced players have left and moved on but there’s still good experience there and still some good players so it will be a tough game.

"Their team has changed since the first game of the season, it’s changed since then as most teams have but it is a game where we have to overcome them as a team but also possibly conditions so there’s a few things you’ve got to take into consideration but just go and play your stuff."

After surviving Storm Ciara last week, the UK is expected to be hit by Storm Dennis this weekend when City are scheduled to face the Shrimpers.

Whether or not the storm will affect the Sky Blues’ game this weekend remains to be seen, but Robins and his side will prepare for the game like normal.

“We’re hoping to make it tough for them tomorrow and looking at the weather forecast we’re hoping it doesn’t hit until after the games finished but we’ve got to consider what the weather might be like and may be doing at the time but just continue to play like we do.

“It’s an unknown at the minute although the forecasts are generally pretty accurate. They’re talking about maybe part of tonight and tomorrow, I’ve seen it coming which is appropriate 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon it starts but it is what it is and we just have to handle the conditions for what they are.

“If they’re horrendous conditions then things change but ultimately we just go down, prepare right and we focus on the job we’ve got to do but it is a tough game.”

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