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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins West Brom Reaction

Manager speaks on Baggies defeat...

4 December 2021

Reflecting on this afternoon’s match with West Bromwich Albion, Sky Blue boss Mark Robins gave his thoughts after the full time whistle.

The visitors held a 2-0 lead at the break and although Kyle McFadzean did halve the deficit late on, the Sky Blues fell to just their second home league defeat of the season.

“We didn’t give ourselves a chance in the game," said Robins.

"The first half was poor and we didn’t have any structure to the team. In midfield we didn’t have any structure there and the way they set up, which we spoke about, you can’t leave it 3 on 3 which is what we did for the first goal,” said Robins.

“You’ve seen the finishing - Karlan Grant is a top player at this level so we gave them too much space. At the start of the game we tried to play out, we got it wrong once or twice, but ultimately we had done ok to get up the field but we were poor in terms of the execution of the pass, and our pass completion was probably the lowest this season.

“We just looked a bit dead and end up going and giving them an opportunity from a long throw in and they get in behind us and put it in.

"It’s punched into the net, and that was a disappointment. The referee can’t see it but we’ve not appealed for it which is disappointing.

Robins also revealed the impact the departure of Gustavo Hamer through injury had on his side after 40 minutes and believes what he saw in the second half was an improvement.

“Coming into the second half, we lost Gustavo to injury," said the Sky Blues boss.

"It was tough, as you want him back in the side and on-form because he plays the passes that we need. Ultimately that didn’t work out and I had to make a change, but it gave us the structure that we needed for the second half.

“I took Maats (Ian Maatsen) off and brought Fanky over to the left hand side because of the power of Furlong, who was causing us major problems, but also the runs off the back of us were good and you would expect that from a West Brom team that have been in the Premier League last season.

Robins reflected on his disappointment in the result, but hopes his City side will learn from the game.

“I'm disappointed yes, but I think there's a lot of learning in the game for us," said Robins.

"The last time we played them we lost 5-1 in a pre season game and it was men against boys. I think first half it was looking like it could be a rout because we didn’t deal with it right. The second half was a lot better and we won the second half 1-0, although that that counts for anything at all.

“We did better, we were competing a little bit better but again we have to have better quality.

"Last week against Bournemouth the quality was a lot higher, today it wasn’t quite there from quite a lot of players which is unusual. Maybe it’s just that week where you end up with poor decisions being made and that impacts the technical stuff.”


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