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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Cardiff City Reaction

The manager was pleased to keep a second successive clean sheet on Wednesday night...

25 November 2020

Mark Robins praised his side’s “brilliant attitude” after the Sky Blues claimed an impressive 1-0 win against Cardiff City on Wednesday night.

Tyler Walker scored the only goal of the game early in the second-half with City limiting Cardiff for much of the 90 minutes at St Andrew’s.

The manager felt the Sky Blues approach to the game was the difference between the two teams in a tough encounter.

Robins said: “It was a hard-fought win, the most pleasing thing for me was the clean sheet, but also the way that we went about doing the job, we showed a brilliant attitude for a fight and you’ve got to fight against them because that’s how they’re built.

“They’ve got some really, really good players and we limited them to very little and credit has to go to the whole team for that.

“Tyler Walker’s work rate was phenomenal, his goal was outstanding and he grew in stature and confidence throughout the game, the goal gave him that, but his work rate is phenomenal.”

Goalkeeper Marko Marosi was forced off late on, following a collision with Sean Morrison, and Robins confirmed that the Sky Blues stopper suffered a fractured cheekbone as a result of the clash.

“The midfield players in front of the back four were brilliant as well, Franky is getting himself through games and he really dug in, he looked like he’d gone after an hour, but he started to grow a little bit as well.

“Marko dealt with the ball at the end and ended up with a fractured cheekbone, hopefully he’s going to be okay quickly, he’s in a bad way at the moment, we’ve got to get him off to hospital and ensure that he’s okay and get him back as quickly as possible.”

Robins also explained the decision to deploy Ryan Giles out on the right-hand side of midfield and was happy with the impact of his substitutes from the bench.

“I’ve been looking at things in training and the other day he was absolutely unbelievable on the right, that’s his natural position, on the right or left, he’s played as a number 10 and wing-back is a position he’s played since Nuno Espirito Santo went in Wolves and play the formation that they play.

“He’s done pretty well and showed a really good aptitude for that position as well, learning how to defend, I still think there’s more to come from him, but he did really well.

“Callum O’Hare coming on gave us a really good energy boost at the end when we needed it and almost got in again on a counter attack and Leo coming on, he won a couple of headers, it was a strong performance.”

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