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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Nottingham Forest Reaction

The Sky Blues suffered a narrow defeat against Forest...

2 February 2021

Mark Robins admitted he was “disappointed” after the Sky Blues were beaten by Nottingham Forest at St Andrew’s on Tuesday night.

City went ahead through Max Biamou only for Lewis Grabban to equalise and Michael Rose to put through his own net, with City unable to find a leveller of their own.

The manager felt the manner of the goals his side conceded were poor, but praised the impact Julian Dacosta made from the bench after coming on at half-time.

Robins said: “The first-half we were poor, the only bit of football we played that was like us ended up with Max scoring.

“The two goals were really poor, we can’t concede goals like that and they know that, Rosey was coming on cold fresh from an injury, we’ve got to get players fit through games, other than that he was outstanding, his use of the ball was magnificent.

“We created a lot of openings for ourselves and we had a lot of the ball, but we didn’t work the goalkeeper enough, we had loads and loads of chances to get the ball into good areas and we did that.

“Some of the crosses from Julian Dacosta were out of this world, strikers should thrive on those, unfortunately we didn’t get the second goal that we needed to pull level.”

Robins felt his side deserved more from the match, having dominated the ball for large periods in the second-half, and also gave an update on the health of Amadou Bakayoko after the striker was stretchered off in injury-time following a head injury.

“Had we come in one-nil up at half-time and not conceded that goal, we go on and win the game, the two games against Forest we’ve got nothing from them and we’ve deserved a lot more that’s for sure.

“We were much better in the second-half, we moved the ball better, which is a lot more like us, on a difficult surface, it was slick and really wet, we were pretty good, but the overriding emotion is disappointment, we’ve just got to dust ourselves down and get on with it because we’ve got a game here on Saturday.

“Baka has woken up now and he’s in the ambulance on his way to hospital and I think they’re going to keep him in overnight, hopefully he’s going to be okay, the physio seems quite positive about it.”

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