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INTERVIEW: “We’re certainly not getting carried away"

City currently sit top in the League One table...

6 March 2020

Three years ago, today, the Sky Blues re-appointed former manager, Mark Robins and the rest is history.

Robins led the Sky Blues to Checkatrade Trophy success at Wembley beating Oxford United 2-1, with goals from Gael Bigirimana and George Thomas securing the win.

Twelve months later, the Sky Blues would return to Wembley again, this time defeating Exeter City 3-1 and gaining promotion back to League One at the first attempt of asking.

Now, having established the Sky Blues back in League One during the 2018/19 season, City now sit top of the pile with eleven games remaining and the Gaffer was looking back at the start to his second reign.

He said: “It’s been absolutely unbelievable, it’s been unbelievable because you know what it was like it was toxic, it was tough for everybody and you just didn’t know where it was going to turn.

“The first week was horrendous, three games in that week and we lost three games and we didn’t score.

“It was very difficult to turn around and things were so far gone the other way it was very difficult to get confidence and belief into the players and then it started to come.

“The focus of Wembley took the minds off something that was inevitable in the end, it took the minds off that and focused them on something else that could be positive.

“Although Oxford were a better team and we had to play on the counter-attack. We scored two unbelievably good goals and that was really the catalyst and the turning point for us where you could say ‘the woods in the door now let’s take it the other way’ and everybody focused and we got some better performances from everybody.

“Unfortunately, the draw against Charlton meant we went down and even then it still needed some turning, the positivity came with everything, the supporters got behind us, we totally had to rebuild and the momentum started to build after the turn of the year.

“From then clearly we’ve tried to build and do it on a budget that is probably less than what people would imagine but a fair, gives us a fair crack of the whip and everybody here is working to their potential and to their maximum.”

Now as the Sky Blues enter the final quarter of the 2019/20 season, Robins is looking for his side to continue what they’ve been doing on the pitch all season.

“I honestly think that we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing, just keep focused and I’ve said it before we won’t be too far away.

“If you look back to last season, we’re a point away from last season’s total with eleven games to go and we’re just looking to continue the form that we’re showing and then see where that takes us.

“We’re certainly not getting carried away, you don’t win anything now, I don’t think you’ll win anything until the last game or the last couple of games this season, it’s a tough league and it’s very close, too tight to call but it’s interesting and everybody else is talking about it.

“You’re reading about what everyone else is saying and good, let them talk let them get on with it and we’ll just do us.”


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