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INTERVIEW: “It’s that determination and belief”

The gaffer reflects at the season’s midway point…

17 December 2021

Mark Robins shared his disappointment at the Stoke cancellation, but took time to reflect on the Sky Blues season until now.

The Sky Blues were set to take on Stoke City at the Coventry Building Society Arena, until a covid breakout in the Stoke camp led to the game being postponed.

With the next game due to take place away to Cardiff on Boxing Day, City have a short while to wait until their next fixture, so Robins used the time to talk about the postponement, whilst reflecting on the past run of fixtures. 

“It’s fantastic, from last season and where we were, things have changed, its been a brilliant start, it’s a difficult division, but a brilliant division to be involved with.

“We’ve been frustrated in games when we’ve given goals away, there are players in some teams that can take the game away from you if you give them a chance and that’s happened in some games, but the majority of it we’ve done really well.

“The players are working really hard, diligent on the training ground which makes us more competitive this year, as opposed to last year, the character we’ve shown is for everybody to see, we want more of that in the upcoming games.”

After a storming start to the campaign, City encountered a tough block of fixtures, against some of the league’s strongest opposition.

Robins shared his thoughts on how he feels his side have faired in that run, as well as commending the shift in away form.

“We drew 0-0 with Sheffield United and Birmingham City, it's good to get the clean sheet, but disappointing not to get the win.

“We needed to take our chances, we’ve haven’t created as many chances in this period, but we’ve played the top teams, Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion, and Huddersfield have been decent in stopping teams this season, we created 22 chances, which is back to the expected chances, it was exciting, lots of touches in the box, lots of crosses, although it was frustrating to take us to the 90th minute to score a goal.

“We said we needed to change things away from home, the confidence is there, they were really positive with their play and brave, we played really well, we drew 1-1 there last time, but this was a really good away performance, disappointing to concede, but it was a good move, one we would’ve been pleased with.

“Ultimately, we got hold of the game and took it to them, we could’ve won the game had it not been for their goalkeeper, it’s that determination and the belief, never say die, keep going to the end that the club is all about and it’s what the players want to do.

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