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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Bournemouth Preview

City travel to the South Coast this weekend...

9 April 2021

Mark Robins insists the Sky Blues have 'nothing to lose' when they take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

City suffered defeat in the reverse fixture at St Andrew’s earlier this season and come into the clash off the back of an impressive win against Bristol City on Easter Monday.

The manager acknowledged the quality that the Cherries have in their squad and hopes his side show the same determination on the South Coast as they did to beat the Robins last time out.

Robins said: “The preparation has been pretty good, plenty of rest and plenty of work as well, we’re just looking forward to it, it’s a tough place to go and many teams have been there and been unsuccessful this season but you’ve always got a chance in football.

“They’ve got some top players, we know exactly what they’re capable of doing, we have to be on it tomorrow and it’s a game we can look forward to, we’ve got nothing to lose, it’s going to be interesting.

“I think Bournemouth are a top team, Dominic Solanke is a top player, Shane Long is a real handful, David Brooks is outstanding, Jack Wilshere to come in and control it, they’ve got an unbelievable wealth of talent.

“From our perspective that’s a brilliant opportunity to play against a top, top, outfit, hopefully we can do enough, with the same determination, to get a good performance and a decent result, it’s an exciting week to come.”

Robins also wants his side to have belief from the first whistle on Saturday afternoon as City attempt to claim their first away win in the league since the beginning of the year.

“It’s important to get decent performances and good results at this stage of the season there’s seven games left which is seven cup finals for us.

“We have to try and stay focused on what we have to do and that’s maintain the mindset and performance levels that we had against Bristol City and in some really good games away from home where we haven’t got what we feel we deserved.

“We have to enjoy it and embrace it, don’t fear it, you have to take the learning opportunities wherever you can do, we just have to focus on our jobs and do that to the best of our abilities to be able to get the results that we need.

“We’ve just got to improve the basics, at times, away from home and one of those basics is having that belief right from the outset that we can go and perform at a really high level, which we can.”

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