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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Blackburn Preview

City welcome Blackburn Rovers this weekend...

23 October 2020

The Sky Blues welcome Blackburn Rovers to St Andrew’s this weekend, as Mark Robins and his side look to build on Tuesday’s draw with Swansea.


City can count themselves unfortunate to have not picked up all three points against the Swans midweek, but a point on the board ended a run of two games without one.

Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn are the latest side the Sky Blues will come up against this weekend and Robins knows the threats in which Rovers possess.

“They’re a good team and they have a real talented group of players.” Robins said.

“I thought they were unlucky against Watford in the week. They had the bulk of the game, but then Watford took the game away from them with a bit of pace and a real bit of quality from Ismaila Sarr.

“But like I said, they have some real good quality players in the squad with a lot of experience.

“They’ve got Bradley Johnson and Corry Evans to name a few and then they’ve got some young talented players like Adam Armstrong, which our supporters will know, as well as Ben Brereton who they signed form Nottingham Forest who looks a good player.

“They play a 4-3-3 and they try to press and they do it well so it’ll be another good test and we look forward to what’s coming.”

The Sky Blues currently sit 19th in the Championship, following a mixed start to the season in terms of results.

City, along with Rotherham United were the only sides to have not played a competitive fixture up until the start of the 2020/21 season, so have been playing catch up on the other side in the division.

However, following a step-up in leagues and having not played football in so long, Robins has been pleased with what he has saw from his side in the opening weeks of the new season.

“I think they’re all doing well in what is a real tough league and for obvious reasons we’ve had to play catch-up in a lot of aspects and there’s some we can’t catch-up with, but we don’t try and do that, we have to do things our way, we have to make sure we continue to improve and we will do.

“The work that the players are getting and the games that they play in will mean that they can’t fail to improve and understand the games on a game by game basis.

“There’s a different standard of opposition and if you look at Bournemouth, Brentford and the Swansea games, they were all tough, but one bit of quality can take it away from you or get them back into a game so you have to limit mistakes, and that’s what we try and do.

“I thought the other night we defended well but I also thought we defended well against Brentford and we put them under a lot of pressure and we were level in the game and also level in the game against Bournemouth but we just still haven’t got that settled side, we need to get everyone fit and flying.

“We’re still settling down with six games gone and we’ve got another 40 to go and hopefully we keep on improving, but were under no illusion that this is league is very difficult.”

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