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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Blackburn Rovers Preview

City travel to Ewood Park tomorrow afternoon...

26 February 2021

Mark Robins wants his Sky Blues side to produce a “strong” performance when they travel to Ewood Park to play Blackburn Rovers tomorrow afternoon.

City suffered a 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at St Andrew’s having played most of the game with 10-men after Michael Rose’s early red card.

The manager admits it’s a different game tomorrow than the one played between the two teams earlier in the season and feels all the pressure is on Tony Mowbray’s side.

Robins said: “We’ve got to go there and put in a really strong performance, that defeat stung against Blackburn for a number of reasons, it’s a different game tomorrow, they’re in a bit of a sticky patch, but they have some really good players in their squad.

“They’ve got a lot of injuries, Tony is renowned for developing young players and the fact that he continues to do that is brave and he gets a lot of top young talent from the top clubs and he’s got a track record of doing that and that’s what he believes in.

“They’re under a bit of pressure because they know where we are in the division and they know where we are in terms of our away form so the pressure will be on them.

Robins also wants his side to be more ruthless in both boxes having been narrowly beaten by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in midweek.

“They were bits from the other night that were fantastic, we’re almost a really good team at this level, we just have to be more ruthless in both boxes which is easier said than done.

“Points wise we should be better off than we are, we have to strive to do better and pick up some more points away from home in the remaining games, we just have to keep that belief and learn from the mistakes we make.

“We’re going to lose games until we reach the levels that we’re capable of, some of the performances have been really top-class, but we’ve been talking about goals we’ve conceded because the results hasn’t been what we wanted or what the performance warranted.

“We have to cut out the individual mistakes, a lot of goals are scored because of mistakes made, but there’s been too many that have directly led to goals and we have to cut those out and that’s part of the process of stepping up levels.”


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