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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Blackpool Reaction

The Gaffer reacts to tonight's win...

17 August 2021

Mark Robins praised his players after tonight's game, believing there were some brilliant performances from his players at Bloomfield Road tonight.

The Sky Blues came away with all three points, with Viktor Gyokeres’ first half strike proving the difference on a windy afternoon in Lancashire.

“I thought tonight it was a superb centre forward performance by Viktor.” Robins said.

“He’s ended up a match winner tonight and all credit to him for it.

“It was one of the best centre forward performances since I’ve been at the club, his running power was a joke, he’s created chances, he hit the post, was a bit scruffy on the edge of the box and with a bit more composure he scores that, but he got a hold of the ball and helped us get up the field.”

City had to wait until first half stoppage time to take the lead but Robins felt the Sky Blues should have had a more comfortable evening.

“We should have scored taken the lead on two or three occasions and if we had nobody would have complained.

“Blackpool are a fit team and have that momentum from last season and made it very difficult for us tonight and they are a decent side. If you can take your chances against them and be more ruthless then the game may have been slightly different.

“But Simon Moore played brilliantly well, made two or three outstanding saves. We gave them a couple of opportunities when we made mistakes in our defensive play but even so we kept moving the ball and got the goal at a good time.

“In the second half we had to be resilient as there were some great defensive performances, Fanky Dabo was great, Ian Maatsen was really good and the three centre halves were really strong.

“Jamie Allen came in and showed loads of energy and there was some quality balls in from the wing backs and with a little bit more composure we would have scored more and had a more comfortable evening."

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