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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Barnsley Preview

The manager looks ahead to this weekend's trip to Oakwell...

13 August 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to his side playing in front of the Sky Blue Army away from home this weekend.

City supporters have been well-known for their magnificent support on the road and this weekend will mark their return against Barnsley, after last seeing City on the Road against Ipswich Town in March 2020.

It will also be the first time this season that Barnsley will entertain their supporters at home and the first time since the play-off semi-final against Swansea.

“I think there will be a brilliant atmosphere. Barnsley haven’t played in front of their supporters yet this season, so it will be a first for them and it will be a first away from home for our supporters.

“Their manager is already talking up the atmosphere that he’s trying to generate that before the game starts and he’s looking for a fast start, so we have to expect that and push back and give as good as we get.

“It will be a high intensity start to a game but that’s how Barnsley play and that’s how they played last season.”

Last season the Tykes finished 5th in the Championship, a year on after surviving relegation on the final day of the season.

The development at Oakwell has been rapid over the last 12 months and Robins is expecting them to be on top of their game again this weekend.

“I’m expecting them to be a really good team, I think they will work hard which is what they do. They are that kind of club; they’re a working-class town and the supporters demand hard work, and they love to see that and their supporters would’ve missed that last season when they finished in the top six.

“We can expect a tough game, but it will be a brilliant occasion for both supporters and teams.”

A promising start to the season has been in the striking department, with Tyler Walker and Viktor Gyokeres both off the mark.

Martyn Waghorn has also featured in the opening two games and Robins revealed Matty Godden is back in full training and could feature for the Under-23s on Monday.

“Tyler Walker has done brilliantly in difficult circumstances for him in the games he has played, he looks sharp. Matty Godden look sharp and Viktor and Waggy do as well, and they are a really good four and that’s something we haven’t had for a while.

“That was a purposeful thing and we had to make sure there was competition for places in those areas and that should kick people on to better things and that’s what I’m looking for and I’m looking to see how they respond to things.”

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