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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins QPR Preview

The Gaffer looks ahead to the weekend's clash...

27 August 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is expecting a tough game when his side take on Queens Park Rangers tomorrow afternoon at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

The two sides sit 4th and 5th in the Championship following the early results in the opening month of the new campaign, heading into the weekend’s fixture.

“Tomorrow is a different game and will be a tough game, a really tough game.” Robins said.

“We can expect a real stern examination, but I think it’ll be a really good game, there is a lot of similarities between the two teams and the way they go about things is good.

“They play a really good brand of football, they’ve got some really good players like the front three of Willock, Chair and Charlie Austin and obviously Lyndon Dykes who’s there as well, so if he’s back in and available then they have some power up front and some willing runners.

“There is a lot of quality in there, Stefan Johansen and whether he plays Dominic Ball or Andre Dozzell, there is a lot of options that he has. Obviously, they made changes in midweek with personal but kept others.

“Sam McCallum is one we know very well, and he played in midweek after an illness. But there is a lot of quality in their side, and we look forward to the game.”

The Sky Blues will be hoping to continue their bright start to the season, which has seen them pick up nine points from their opening four fixtures.

Last season it took City until their 11th game to match the total they have after four, so the progression is evident on and off the pitch.

“You look at last year and look back at sort of landmarks and we had 8 points from 11 games, so we are in excess of that and just got to try and keep those performance levels up and continue in the same vein as we have the last four years.

“You’ve got to try and keep things moving forward, in terms of the mindsets they are fine, and their playing confidence and bits and pieces has never been in doubt, but the work ethic is there.

“They are working really hard, and they are going to the last whistle and that has paid dividends certainly in the games we have played so far.

“In terms of the squad its stronger than last year and that’s what you try and endeavor to do. No one is getting carried away but the early signs, the early games, the early part of the season, has been positive.”

City take on Mark Warburton’s QPR side tomorrow afternoon, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

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