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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reading Preview

The City boss looks ahead to Royals clash...

20 August 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has been encouraged by his side’s start to the season but believes there is still work to do as City prepare for their second league match back at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Coventry take on Reading tomorrow afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship with Robins hoping to build momentum from Tuesday night’s win at Blackpool.

“It’s only a start and there is a lot of work still to do, there has been a lot of good things and some not so good things as you would expect at this time of the season because there is a lot of new players bedding in and it takes a bit of time, but it has been an encouraging start for us.

“You absolutely want to build on things, but you know this league is really tough and every team you play against is a tough opponent.

“I think on Tuesday night Blackpool worked ever so hard, really hard, and the game could have been different as they can take the game away from you but thankfully the other night the mistakes weren’t punished.

“We’ve got to tidy that up, there is no doubt about that, the players know that, and we certainly know that so we will be looking forward to seeing a strong performance tomorrow”.

City will be backed by another big crowd tomorrow and Robins spoke of the strong connection between the fans and players, shown with the scenes post match at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.

“It always makes me smile when you hear new songs, its very innovative and it makes you smile and it’s all a part of the atmosphere and that bond that has been created between the players and the supporters which is brilliant to see.

"Our supporters are absolutely the lifeblood, as are supporters up and down but our supporters are brilliant and we say it every time we can't take them for granted because having been through lockdown the last 18 months it hammers home how important that they are.

"Our supporters are outstanding, you mention the songs they make up and sing and they get behind the players and we’ve really missed it and that is the link between supporters and players and that is what makes the club really and I think that is a special thing for any new player coming in or any new players experiencing it.

"Its brilliant and they play a huge and significant part in driving us on and hopefully we will get that again tomorrow in what will be really good game for us against Reading."    

Both Reading and the Sky Blues won their home fixture last season and Robins expects it to be a tough test for his side, with City looking to remain unbeaten at home in the league this season.

“They’ve got a lot talented players at their disposal, the manager is obviously a talented coach and they always pose a difficult threat.

“They’ve had one or two of the younger players coming into the squad this season and Femi Azeez is one that has come in and done particularly well with scoring a couple of goals already.

“But they’ve got a lot of good players despite some of the significant losses that they have had. Lucas Joao being out of the squad at this moment in time would have an impact on any team.

“All we can do is be ourselves, whatever they do I can’t really second guess, although you do your homework as best you can but things change, especially during this pandemic, so we’ll be concentrating on ourselves and they’ll be concentrating on themselves.

“Like I say we’ll just look forward to the game because whatever happens it’ll be a good game of football.”    


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