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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Queens Park Rangers Reaction

City suffered defeat against the R's on Good Friday...

2 April 2021

Mark Robins feels something has to “change” after the Sky Blues were beaten three-nil by Queens Park Rangers on Good Friday.

City went behind within the opening two minutes before a Michael Rose own goal compounded the Sky Blues misery, with Ilias Chair adding a third goal to the R’s tally in the second half.

The manager stressed the importance of his players picking themselves up for the Easter Monday clash against Bristol City after a tough afternoon at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Robins said: “I want my players to be aggressive and go and make challenges and get all over them and they did that to us.

“The quality that they’ve got and the quality they’ve brought in, in January, always makes it difficult for you to play against.

“The second goal as a set-play, the set-up was possibly wrong, that, in a nutshell, away from home has been our season so far, we have to change something.

“We didn’t lay a glove on them really until the second half, when we got Tyler on with Viktor, the first thing they do is link up, we’re goals down by that stage, and they get a chance to score.

“One of their players has thrown his body in front and blocked it which stopped a certain goal, that’s one of the differences between the two teams, they won every first contact in the box and we didn’t.

“It’s about not being too down and being ready to go for the next eight games and really the next one is the big game, we’ve got to be ready for that.”

He also emphasised the need to pick up points in the final eight games of the season as City look to steer themselves clear of the relegation zone.

“You can’t stay disappointed, I’ve got to them up and ready for Monday which we will, home and away it’s chalk and cheese, it’s just ridiculous.

“Whilst I want to say we’re going to have a go at teams, but when they’re better you at stages in games it makes it very difficult and anybody can start to play at three-nil down.

“It feels like it’s a comfort blanket to be goals down away from home, we’ve got to get that out of our system and start to pick up the points because there’s eight games left.

“We just didn’t perform, we’re missing passes, we’re allowing people to drop off into pockets of space and not go with them, you have to have that aggressive mindset.

“It’s difficult to say that that’s our level at the moment, we have to strive to make sure that we pick enough points up to stay at the level and it won’t happen like that again because we can build.

“I’ve got to make sure that we stay focused on the next game, that is the most important thing for us, and not get too down, it’s very disappointing for everybody, nobody likes losing.”

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