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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins MK Dons Preview

City take on MK in the Carabao Cup First Round...

4 September 2020

The Sky Blues return to competitive action this weekend, as they make the trip to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup First Round.

It has been almost six months since City were last in competitive action and tomorrow, they begin their 2020/21 season with a trip to Stadium MK.

“This is an extension of our pre-season programme it’s still part of a process.” Robins said.

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“We’re looking forward to it. We were there a couple of weeks ago and had a really good pre-season game against them and we return tomorrow for a cup game.

“We learnt that they’re a good team, although we knew that anyway, but first-hand we saw that, and they’ve played some good games in pre-season.

“They’ve improved and we’ve improved, and I think it could be a really good game.

“It’s one we want to win, and we want to progress, but our ultimate priority is the league campaign, but the games are important when they come and whatever competition they’re in.”

The fixture will not only mark a first competitive fixture since March but will also mark a first competitive fixture without supporters in stadiums for the Sky Blues.

“We miss the fans.” He said.

“We still haven’t been able to celebrate promotion with the supporters and I think that’s something everyone will regret.

“The whole circumstances have been horrendous for everyone and we’re just trying to make the best out of a bad situation, like everyone else.”

Ahead of tomorrow’s first round clash, the Sky Blues completed the signing of Arsenal midfielder, Ben Sheaf on a season-long-loan.

Ben comes in to bolster the Sky Blues squad ahead of the new season and Robins was delighted to be able to get his man.

“We’ve got a really good player on our hands and we’re looking forward to working with him.

“He was at Doncaster last season and he was on loan at Stevenage, where he knows Matty Godden and Tyler Walker and also he grew up at West Ham so he knows Josh Pask.

“He was the one we wanted and he’s one I’ve been pushing for, for a while.”

With the Championship campaign only a week away from returning, Robins spoke of his excitement for the return of football for his side.

“It’s a different level entirely, we’ve improved and all we can do is improve our circumstances and we’ve done that considerably and hopefully we can have a good season.

“We will develop as we go and improve as we go along and I think this season everyone will say we want to stay in the division next season, but we don’t want to settle for that.

“We have good players and we can improve. Sometimes we will maybe lose games where it might knock confidence, but I don’t think that will happen, we will keep progressing, even if indeed that happen, it might not, but the chances are, we will come up against teams that have been in the Premier League and teams that have aspirations of getting back into the Premier League and the difference in terms of finances is huge without a shadow of a doubt.”

 


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