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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Queens Park Rangers Reaction

City secured their first league win of the season on Friday night..

18 September 2020

Mark Robins was “delighted” with his Sky Blues side after City claimed their first league win of the season against Queens Park Rangers on Friday night.

Lyndon Dykes put QPR ahead from the penalty spot only for goals either side of the interval from Matty Godden and Callum O’Hare to turn the game on its head.

The visitors responded through Yoann Barbet, but it was Kyle McFadzean’s first goal for the Sky Blues that secure all three points for Robins’ men.

The win was City’s first in the Sky Bet Championship this season and Robins was delighted to get off the mark.

Robins said: “We took a bit of time to get going, we’re just getting used to the speed of the players that we’re playing against, QPR are expansive, they move the ball really well, and we didn’t cope with them well enough to be able to get on the ball.

“In the first half, the only bit of football we played, we scored from, it was a great time to score going into half time because then you’ve got something to hold on to in terms of giving them information to try and improve in the second half.

“We did really well in the second half, without chasing after things, we were set nicely and won the ball back and played counter attacking football pretty well.

“Callum O’Hare’s goal was an outstanding goal, we had chances from set-plays before we scored the winning goal, I’m delighted to get off the mark with three points.”

City struggled to cope with the R’s in the first half, but responded with a clinical second half performance, which pleased Robins who felt his got to grips with their opponents after a tricky start.

“The penalty was harsh, I don’t think it was a penalty, he stood on McFadzean’s ankle when he was trying to clear the ball out, I haven’t seen it back and then the goal they scored from the set-play could have been avoided.

“We just looked a little bit shellshocked, Championship football is quicker than League One football, there’s not many people in our squad who have experienced that too many times before.

“They’re a difficult team to play against, I thought we got to grips with them and put them under enough pressure to force them into some mistakes, but the quality on the ball is totally different, you’ve got better quality players who can hurt you and we dealt with the majority of that pretty well.”

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