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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Birmingham City Preview

The Sky Blues return to league action on Friday night...

19 November 2020

Mark Robins wants his Sky Blues side to start “picking up more points” ahead of their Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham City on Friday night.

Despite impressive displays away at Nottingham Forest and Watford, City came away from both matches without adding to their points total.

The manager now hopes the Sky Blues can turn their impressive performances into wins as they look to gain some momentum heading into the busy Christmas period.

Robins said: “I think there’s been some really good signs, but I want that to be turned into points and it will be turned into points over a period of time, to get to the level that we’re at, at the moment, is testament to the work that they’ve done, they’ve been outstanding in the circumstances.

“We’ve got to start picking points up now and adding to the total that we have, some of our performances have deserved more and we’ve got to turn the good performances into points and victories.

“We’ve not really played any of the teams around us, we need to start picking points up, but equally so do Birmingham, it’s going to be a really interesting game, we’re looking forward to getting back out there and playing.

“You don’t want to go into the international break off the back of a defeat, but it also gives you a chance to get people a little bit closer to the team and do a little bit of work and we just want to get back to competitive football.”

He also feels it’s been tough on the players as they continue to play without the support of the Sky Blues faithful, but insists the players know they’re being supported from afar.

“The players are okay, the only thing they’ll be feeling is that they can’t socialise, they’ve got no supporters in the stadium to interact with, but they know they’re being supported from a distance.

“We’re almost a really good team at this level and we have turn those performances into points now, we have to improve in certain areas, it’s clear that this was always going to be a season where we have to manage the times we lose games.

“We’ve been so successful over the past few years that we can’t get too down and disheartened by it, nobody likes losing, but there’s really good teams at this level that can punish you.”

Friday’s fixture will be the first game played where teams can make five substitutions per match, from a possible nine, after EFL clubs voted to increase the permitted number of substitutes to combat player fatigue.

“The rule benefits the bigger squads and the bigger clubs without a shadow of a doubt, but it gives us another tool, we can work with it and try and make the best of it.

“How people are going to use it remains to be seen, it was brought in because of fatigue to players so you can take players off if they’re really struggling, but you’ve got to have players who can come on and strengthen your team which is where it favours the bigger squads and bigger clubs.”

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