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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Brentford Preview

The City boss looks ahead to tomorrow's clash...

17 October 2020

The Sky Blues return to action following the international break this weekend, as they make the trip to Brentford’s Community Stadium for the first time.


City resume their Championship campaign following two weeks since the Bournemouth defeat, as they look to bounce back against a strong Bee’s side.

The fixture will mark the first of seven in a three-week period for the Sky Blues as Mark Robins begins preparations for a busy period.

“You look at the best laid plans and things change, especially in the period that we’re in, it’s very uncertain in every aspect, so you can only do so much planning ahead, as you find things can change on a day-to-day basis.

“The players know they will all be needed and once you get to about twelve games in you start to see that the players are all at a really good level.

“From my point of view, this is about getting up to the level as well as you can, because when you’re doing the analysis of other teams, you know they have quality and certainly tomorrow is one of those games.”

Last season Brentford narrowly missed out on a chance to win promotion to the Premier League when they lost in the play-off final against Fulham after extra time.

Ahead of the game with the Bee’s, Robins told how he feels Brentford are one of the best sides in the league, but he is excited for the challenge which awaits his side come kick-off.

“Brentford are one of the best sides in this league, there’s no doubt about that and they’ve spent a lot of time developing their style of play and their squad and now they’ve got a new stadium to go with it.

“It’s a really positive story for them. They fell at the final hurdle last season so it will be another big challenge for us, but it’s another one we will look forward to and see if we can improve on last time out, and I’m talking about in terms of performance and not losing any confidence because we’re going to have spells without the ball and we have to accept that from time to time and that’s where we need to close the gap.

“You look beyond this game and we’re talking about planning, Swansea come on Tuesday night and then Blackburn Saturday and then we’ve got a trip to Middlesbrough the following Tuesday, so they’re coming thick and fast, so we need to concentrate on the first game which is clearly a  tough one at Brentford.”

Last time out for the Sky Blues, they were defeated at the hands of recently relegated Premier League side, Bournemouth at St Andrew’s but Robins insists his side are still learning and there is more to come.

“It’s a tough league that’s for sure and the fact we played free flowing open football last year may take time to develop this year, but we have to do it.

“There’s only one way of doing things and we have to stick to our principles and the way we play, and we will get there it will just take a bit of time to do that and whilst we have the games are coming thick and fast, we’re learning as we’re going and there’s a lot of good strong positive indicators that we’re going in the right direction and there’s still a lot to come from the squad.”

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