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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Queens Park Rangers Preview

City travel to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on Good Friday...

1 April 2021

Mark Robins wants his Sky Blues side to 'prove' their quality when they take on Queens Park Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

City have won just twice on the road in the league this season and the manager stressed the need for his side to pick up more points on their travels with five away matches remaining.

Robins feels his side have produced some good performances away from home this season but more points are needed to replicate those efforts.

Robins said: “We want to pick up some more points away from home in the last five remaining away games this season.

“If we can tweak that, and it’s not going to be a massive change, but we have to change things in our favour because we haven’t collected enough points away from home this season.

“Some of the results that we’ve had have been very harsh on the performances that we’ve been able to put in, we’ve put some really good performances in and come away with nothing at times.

“We know how difficult the challenge is, nothing has changed for us, we knew it was always going to be like this for us this season, at this point we’re in as good a position as we could have expected given the results that we’ve had away from home.

“If you just tweak that a little bit we’re mid-table, realistically we’re a mid-table team but we need to prove that and we need to make sure that we pick up the points that keep us in the division this year and we can build on that for next year.”

The R’s have been in excellent form since the turn of the year and Robins is well aware of the threat posed by Mark Warbuton’s side.

“It’s a good club, they’ve got a lot of academy players that they try and get into the team and there’s a lot out on loan in the Football League as well.

“When you go out and sign Charlie Austin, Stefan Johansen and Chris Willock and you’ve got those types of players, that helps with results, they’ve got a good squad of players there and they’ve enhanced that in January.

“It’s no coincidence that results have turned around, Mark Warburton’s got them playing some really good football, they’re a good side and he’ll play a decent brand of football.

“It’s a compact ground, it’s always a good stadium to play at, it’s a really good game for us, they’ve got some talented and exciting players, they’ve got decent depth to the squad as well.

“They’ve got a lot of good players, they employ it in a really good way, I like the way they play, they set-up really well and it’s a really good, interesting, game for us.”

With nine league matches left to play, Robins also acknowledged that each of the nine fixtures are key matches as City look to propel themselves further clear of the relegation zone.

“They’re all key matches, every one of them, there’s other teams around us that could easily get sucked into a relegation fight, some are already in it, for us it’s about game by game and picking up the points where we can do and seeing where that takes us.

“I don’t think there’s any undue pressure on us, people expected us to be where we are and everybody was expecting us to be relegation fodder this season and I think we’ve proved people wrong with the way we go about doing the job.

“We didn’t want to come into the division and park the bus, we’ve not done that, and a lot of our players are experiencing this level for the first time in their careers, at this point they’ve done a brilliant job, it’s just trying to get enough points now to see the job through.”


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