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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Norwich City Reaction

The Sky Blues extended their unbeaten run to three matches on Saturday afternoon...

28 November 2020

Mark Robins was “pleased” after his Sky Blues side fought back to claim a point against league leaders Norwich City at Carrow Road.

A late equaliser from substitute Max Biamou earned City just their second point on the road this season after Mario Vrancic scored a first-half penalty to put the Canaries in front.

The manager felt City grew into the game after going behind, restricting the hosts in front of goal, and showed courage to push for a leveller.

Robins said: “It was a hard-fought point, to come here, away from home, and pick a point up having been behind, the spirit and character was first-class again, some of the play was good as well so I’ve got to be pleased and it keeps us ticking along.

“The penalty was tough to take, but they got on with it, carried on playing and I thought we finished the first-half strongly, we continued that in the second-half and they didn’t have a great deal of opportunities.

“We had to go for it a little more at the end, we showed good bravery and it got us a chance to score an equaliser which we did.”

However, Robins felt the penalty given against his side was harsh, after goalkeeper Ben Wilson was adjudged to have fouled Poland international Przemysław Płacheta after a coming together between the two players.

“The penalty wasn’t a penalty, Ben’s clearly come out and got the ball, the momentum of their player has taken him into Ben so it should have been a free-kick to us, but he gave the penalty and he has to give what he sees.

“The goal that we scored at the end, he gave it a bit of time, there was a foul on Tyler leading up to the goal, Max was down on the floor, it was a brilliant ball in, Tyler gets his foot to it first and Max gets up off the floor and sticks it in the net, it was what we deserved.

“We hit the post prior to that, we were on top for a lot of the second-half, they’ve got a lot of players out, but they’ve still got a lot of quality in their team, they’ve got two first-team’s really.

“We’re still getting to grips with having five subs, we had a day less to recover than Norwich, they had to make enforced changes which naturally freshens their team up, I thought everybody put a really good shift in.”

He was also pleased to give some minutes to Wesley Jobello, who made his first league appearance in over a year, and feels there’s more to come from the winger once he is fully match fit.

“Amadou Bakayoko worked his socks off again and did well, Jamie Allen and Callum O’Hare brought energy behind him, we reshuffled the shape a few times during the game and we coped with everything they threw at us.

“It was good to see Wes Jobello get on and getting some game time towards the end, his first touch wasn’t great but he’ll remember it, we’ll get more from him, mentally he needs to be sharp and the only to get that is by playing games and training.”

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