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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Bristol Rovers Preview

City take on the Gas in the FA Cup action this weekend...

3 January 2020


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Bristol Rovers Preview

City take on the Gas in the FA Cup action this weekend...

3 January 2020

The Sky Blues take a break from League One action this weekend, as they travel to the Memorial Stadium to face Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup.

City head into the game on the back of three consecutive wins in the league, as they look to progress to the fourth round of the competition.

Fellow League One side, Bristol Rovers are without a win their last four outings, as the departure of Graham Coughlan and a few injuries to the side has derailed their progress momentarily.

Heading into the game, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking to see his side book their place in the next round.

He said: “It’s another game and another chance to progress and we want to go as far as we can in the competition against another side who have done very well this season and its another good test for us.

“We will just focus on us, we’re at a stage where there are still things we want to tweak and want to improve, and we will continue to try and do that.

“Every game is different, and every game gives you an opportunity to do what you need to do, to try and win the game and there’s plenty of thinking time.

“We’ve got a good squad and I’m going to have a good look over the next 24 to 48 hours and just see what it is we do for this particular game.

“They’re a good opponent and they may change shape or they may stay the same and stick with the same personnel, it just depends what they’re manager does, but from our point of view we will try and pick a side that’s good enough to win the game.”

The turn of the New Year has seen the Sky Blues pick up where they left off last weekend, as they secured back to back 4-1 victories against Wycombe Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers.

The win on New Year’s Day saw the Sky Blues head into the second half of the season, currently sat in third position in League One.

Robins told how he is now hoping to continue to see the improvement in his side as they enter the business part of the season

“Coming into the second half of the season we just want to keep improving and we have a squad where we know that we have players that haven’t taken part too much yet, whether they’ve been injured or not and they have to work their way back into it.

“And that’s interesting because we have a squad that is very strong and capable and now, we’ve got a team that are keeping the others out and they have to work hard to get themselves back in.

“Where we are is a decent point to be at, at this time of the season and we just need to keep going.

“Defensively we’ve been good, whilst we’ve had times where we’ve lost late goals, we’ve also scored late goals to draw and win games, so we just have to continue to improve and improve all aspects of our play but continue the good things we’ve started to do this season.”

There was also an update on the latest fitness of striker Max Biamou, who missed both games over the Christmas period through injury.

“Max is ok, he trained yesterday, he just feels he has some pain, some bone bruising, but apart from that he’s fine and we will take a look at him in training and see how he does.”

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