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INTERVIEW: "All we can do is look forward to when they’re back in the stadium"

City take on Reading tonight in Championship action...

30 October 2020

Mark Robins is calling for his side to stick together as they look to overturn recent form when they take on Reading tonight.

Despite not accumulating the points on the board the some performances have warranted, the Sky Blues are currently looking for a second win of the season.

However, Robins told how there is no reason to worry after just a handful of games into the season and that his side are playing catch up with other teams in the Championship.

“There’s eight games gone at the moment so I don’t think it makes any difference where teams are in the league, we will talk about it once we’ve played 46 and nothing matters until they’ve all been played.

“We’ve got a lot of improving to do and there’s improvement in us, so that’s where we need to focus our attentions and the league table doesn’t matter at all at this stage.

“We’re trying to close a gap which exists in this league and it’s well documented we have one of the lowest budgets in this league and we will be in the bottom three in terms of those budgets.

“But we’ve got to focus on us and getting better and improving a group that had a deficit to make up.

“The teams that played last season are now at their mid-season, if you take it that they played ten games last season minimum after football resumed.

“So the fitness levels and the practise is in them and with us we had six months off, the players were on furlough and we have to catch up and those aren’t excuses those are reasons and that will happen over time.”

One key part missing from the Sky Blues this season has been the supporters who played their part in City winning the League One title last season.

Robins admitted it’s sad that the supporters aren’t at the games to watch City in the Championship and until they can come back into football stadium, the Sky Blues boss wants his side to work hard so that the fans can be proud of their side.

“Our supporters make a difference whenever and we miss them massively and we’ve missed out on so much together and it’s really sad.

“All we can do is look forward to when they’re back in the stadium and whenever that may be there will be huge outpour of emotion from everyone and we look forward to that day.

“But until that moment all we can do is do our best and build a team which they can be proud of and that they’ve helped to create.”

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