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INTERVIEW: "It’s going to be an interesting game"

Robins looking forward to tomorrow's challenge...

24 January 2020

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is hoping his side will be able to cause an upset tomorrow when they come up against Birmingham City in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

City will take on the Championship side on Saturday afternoon, with a place in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup up for grabs for the winner.

With tomorrow’s opponents, Birmingham sitting a league above the Sky Blues, Robins revealed that his side will face a tough game come kick-off.

“The divisions are different, totally different.” He said.

“You look at the records of the team that went up last season and Luton ran away with it and they’re bottom of the league now, so there’s a significant difference.

“It’s a tough division and there’s power and pace in every team in that league, it’s a different league without a shadow of a doubt.

“That’s the interest for me, we can see where we are and we’ll see on the day because obviously you can have an off day or not perform to your maximum, but these lads have been brilliant for us all season so there’s no reason why we can’t go and perform and play the way we can and impose our game on them when we can do.”

The significant interest in the weekend’s game, due to the circumstances surrounding the tie have been well publicised in the media in recent weeks.

The interest in Coventry City is something Robins has been pleased to see and he wants to maintain that in the club and look to build on it moving forward in the future.

“For everybody else clearly its interesting which is brilliant because that’s what you want, you want interest in your team and your club and to get as many people interested in it as you can do but not just for one game.

“We want to try and do that for a longer period of time because we need to grow the club again. There are probably a number of supporters who have stayed away for a number of reasons but clearly, we’ve got the potential to be a huge club and that’s the ambition.

 “It creates that interest and that’s what you want and the fact that we play good football and the fact we’re doing well in the League at the moment alongside having a good cup run is something that’s important to us, both financially but also from a football point of view and a development point of view.

“We’ve spoken about Jordan Shipley, he’s just one of a number of young players who’s playing in the team and developing and that’s key to this football club surviving, we have to keep developing players and sell them and almost every summer there’s a big churn of players so you’re almost restarting and rebuilding from each summer.

“We try and do that in a way where we can keep the majority of them together and try and build on that to try and develop and get back into the Championship at a minimum and it’s going to be an interesting game for that reason, just to see where we are at this moment in time.

“Drawing comparisons between the two divisions is very difficult due to the difference in spend and certainly there’s a difference in quality between the two divisions but I think its important to try and play the way we try and do against a really good opponent.”

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