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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Barnsley Preview

The Gaffer looked ahead to Barnsley following victory against Rotherham...

17 April 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking to take Thursday’s win over Rotherham United into the weekend’s clash with Barnsley at St Andrew’s.

City head into the game against the Tykes on the back of 1-0 win against the Millers, thanks to a Leo Ostigard header.


The win saw the Sky Blues move up into 18th in the Championship, as they look set to take on Barnsley, who will be looking to cement their place in the play-offs.

Speaking following the final whistle on Thursday, Robins told how he is looking forward to a different challenge against Barnsley on Sunday afternoon.

I think that you’ve got to try take the positivity that came from the game against Rotherham into this game and it’s a different challenge again, because they’re a different type of side.

“They give you not a minute’s peace so they’re very similar, you know they try and utilise space behind you they try and put pressure on you, they’ll try and run.

“It’ll be a very similar type of game where we have to work, and we have to be mindful of how and where we play and if we can create any chances to pass the ball then great.”

Barnsley head into the game in fine form on the road, having won their last six games away from home.

Their run of results following the turn of the year has seen them climb into 6th in the Championship and their pressing football has been something which has helped propel them up the league table.

“They’ll be all over us, we’ve got to expect the press, probably the best press in the league different than anything else and if you can beat the first press then you’ve got a chance to get at their back four back three, playing three with two good wing backs.

“So, we need to really study them, but we know we’ve got to give them as difficult a game that we gave Rotherham tonight.

“To earn any point, you know you have to work hard to get it and going into the game against Barnsley it’s better to go into it off the back of a win, but likewise we’ve still got a lot of football to play yet.

“We have to look at how we recover and availability of players and do the same sort of thing again because we have to stand up and be counted again against a team that are tough to play against.”

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