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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Ipswich Town Reaction

The manager gives his thoughts after a 1-0 win at Portman Road...

7 March 2020

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins praised Matty Godden’s “magnificent” strike after City claimed a 1-0 win against Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday afternoon to move five points clear at the top of Sky Bet League One.

Godden struck after 16 minutes when he was delightfully played through by Liam Walsh before cleverly adjusting his feet and smashing an effort past Will Norris in the Ipswich goal.

The win means the Sky Blues are now 14 games unbeaten in the league and Robins stressed the importance of carrying that momentum into the final ten games of the season.

Robins said: “The goal was magnificent, the way that we got through and passed it, it was a great through ball from Walshy and the way that Matty moved his feet to give himself the time to finish was outstanding, it was above the level, he’s full of confidence.

“We’ve had some illness through the week, Walshy didn’t train for a few days and you could see that we were flat, I think the journey took a bit out of our legs, thankfully we can get home and have a bit of a breather going into next week, but also work.

“We’ve got ten games left and we need to be better than that against the teams that we’ve got coming up, it’s been a brilliant four-game block, can we keep going and can we keep our focus and learn.”

City were made to work hard for the three points in Suffolk and was particularly pleased that his side were able to keep an outstanding clean sheet.

“It was a really tough game, I thought we started brilliantly, I thought we started better than them and we kept the ball really well, but we needed that start because the way we finished the game was bitty and scrappy.

“I thought we gave them opportunities and they’re tough to play against, they’re fighting for their lives, for their manager and for their fans, they’re a big club and it’s difficult when you come up against a bit of adversity as we’ve found out ourselves.

“It was a tough game and thankfully we got a clean sheet, which was outstanding, and the goal was good enough to win it.”

Following the win, Robins wants his players to keep learning and remain focused with ten matches left to play.

“We just spoke, after the game, about learning and keeping learning, nobody has cracked anything, we just have to keep focused, keep in the moment and keep playing.

“They had a lot of injuries and suspensions to the players that they’ve got which made it really difficult for them but on the flip side of that, they’ve got some young players who are making their way in the game who are talented because they’ve got a brilliant academy here, very similar to us.”

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