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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Barnsley Reaction

City secured a 2-0 win against the Tykes...

18 April 2021

Mark Robins praised his “brilliant” Sky Blues side after they claimed their second win this week with a 2-0 victory against play-off chasing Barnsley on Sunday afternoon at St Andrew’s.

A superb strike from Dom Hyam and a late goal from Matty Godden secured a deserved three points for City which lifts them further clear of danger ahead of Wednesday night’s trip to Stoke City.

The manager was delighted to secure back-to-back victories for the first time this season and hopes his side can begin to climb the table with four matches left to play.

Robins said: “It’s been a brilliant few days, it’s the first time we’ve had two clean sheets back-to-back and two wins back-to-back, it’s really good.

“The emotion that went with Thursday night’s game and the effort that they put in and the clean sheet and the win and then coming and recovering to play a side that are 13 games unbeaten before today, to get up and put in a performance like that shows what it means to everybody.

“They don’t get beat by too many, they play a certain way that makes it really difficult for you to breathe, the players deserve enormous credit and it puts us in a really good position for the last four games.

“It was a much-needed win, there’s still games to go and points to play for, we want to try and get as many as we possibly can do and put as much as distance as we can between ourselves and the teams around us and try and climb the table, hopefully we can keep adding to the total.”

Robins acknowledged that Barnsley are a difficult team to play against and was pleased with the endeavour his side showed to break down the Tykes.

“We’ve done really well, the quality in the game is bereft a little bit now because of the stakes, within it we’ve played some really good stuff, we’ve done what we needed to do today to try and break these down, it’s really difficult because of the way they come after you.

“We managed to do it pretty well, we moved the ball alright just not with enough quality putting the ball in-behind and then you’re asking your strikers to work their socks off because they have to get up with the high line.

“You’ve got to have runners from deep to stay onside, it’s difficult to do but if you’ve got that belief, that bit of quality, you can move the ball quickly and make your runs in-behind, it’s exactly how the second goal came about.

“The first goal was a little bit different, I honestly thought it was Tyler Walker, Dominic Hyam with an unbelievable finish, he reminds me of Jordan Willis at Wembley hitting one like that.

“The challenge has got to be to look at the teams above us and try and catch them, it’s about recovery and getting ready for Wednesday, there’s not too much time between now and then, we’re playing against quality teams and quality players.”

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