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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Barnsley Preview

The Gaffer previews the weekends clash...

25 September 2020

With the Sky Blues set to make the trip to Oakwell tomorrow afternoon, City boss Mark Robins told how he is expecting a tough game, but one he is looking forward to.

City head into the game on the back of last week’s 3-2 win against Queens Park Rangers and will be looking to build on those first three points when they take on the Tykes.

Following a spirited defeat to Premier League side Chelsea in midweek, Barnsley will be hoping for a response against the Robins’ side.

“We don’t take any notice of the result necessarily, it’s a case of what they do and when we analyse them they’ve got some brilliant characters and some real strengths and we've got to cope with that psychologically and physically.

“In-game learning is important and to try and create opportunities to score goals against a team that tries to restrict the opposition making chances, so it'll be a tough game but one that we will be looking forward to.

“It'll be an interesting game and as we know they've got some interesting players there.

“They’ve started off with defeats, but they've had a really good win up in Middlesbrough and a difficult defeat in midweek so it's up to us to go there and try and cause them problems and if we do that then we'll be one of the first to do so because they restrict team’s chances.”

Within the Barnsley ranks will be two familiar face for Sky Blues fans, with Luke Thomas and Conor Chaplin both coming up against City for the first time since their departures.

The duo spent the 2018/19 season with City and their performances that year saw Barnsley come calling and Robins praised both Conor and Luke for their time with the Sky Blues.

“They did brilliantly for us really.” Robins said.

“Luke, I think he missed one game and besides that he was an ever-present for us and we know what he can do, as we know Conor as well.

“Both of them are great lads and will look forward to seeing them again.”

The Sky Blues head into the game mid-table after their first two results and Robins has been happy with what he has seen from his side in the opening fixtures so far.

“It’s been a decent start and we're looking at it from a performance perspective and make sure we get those performances right in what is a tough league.

“There are some really tough teams who are good tactically and we’ll have to be ono the top of our game and those are things we strive to perfect.

“When you go up a level it takes time but given the current circumstances, I'm proud of the players and the staff.

"Every one of the players have been fantastic and are working their socks off, but also, the way that their learning and taking things on board is fantastic so long may that continue.”


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