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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins West Brom Preview

Gaffer gives his thoughts ahead of this weekend's clash...

3 December 2021

City boss Mark Robins spoke this morning of how much his side are looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd in tomorrow’s match against West Bromwich Albion.

The Sky Blues take on the Baggies at 12:30pm on Saturday at the Coventry Building Society Arena and Robins expects it to be a ‘really good game’.

“I think all the fixtures are fantastic, obviously this is a 12:30 kick off on television and we expect a really big healthy crowd.” Robins said.

“The crowds are getting bigger; the support has been outstanding and what is there not to look forward to it.

“You take each game in isolation, regardless of what other teams are doing, its always about you and what you do on the day.”

Fellow West Midlands outfit West Brom travel to Coventry for a league game for the first time since 2009 and having been relegated last season from the Premier League, Robins knows the qualities they process.

“It’s a local derby against a side we haven’t played in the league for a long time, and I think it is potentially a really tough game but a really good game.

“They are a really good high energy pressing team with Premier League know how with players that have played at a higher level, you’ve got to know what their threats are and that’ll hopefully give us the tools to try and combat that to play our game.

“That’s always the challenge when you’re playing in the games, it’s a different challenge than last week but equally difficult but again one we can look forward to.”

Robins’ side come into the game on the back of the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth last time out, only two places and a point separate the two sides in the table and the manager praised his side’s competitiveness this term.

“I think the fact we are competing is a remarkable feat after 20 games, in the top 6 and we have been there for most of that time.

“Nobody feels any undue pressure, we put pressure on ourselves because we want to remain competitive as much as we can we, we have 26 league games left to play and enjoy and that’s the key.

“We’ve got ourselves in such a good position in terms of the points total, there shouldn’t be any fear and there isn’t, they’ve been playing with that freedom for a long time so we shouldn’t have any of that baggage and just go and enjoy our football.

Both sides boast strong defensive records this season and Robins is looking for his side to put in another strong performance to continue City’s fine form since returning to the CBS Arena.

“We’ve had two 0-0s in our last two games on Sky so hopefully it’s not that in our case with the goals we might be able to score.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, we know what they are like, they are a pressing team, they are powerful, they’ve got some technical players as you would expect and we have to be at our best again.

“The players have been as close to their best for most of the time this season, which is why we are doing what we are doing, so more of the same really just the focus and concentration to eek out another performance.”

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