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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Watford Preview

The Sky Blues entertain the Hornets this weekend...

5 February 2021

Mark Robins is “looking forward” to tomorrow’s Sky live clash against Watford at St Andrew’s on Saturday lunchtime.

City were beaten 3-2 by the Hornets at Vicarage Road earlier this season and were unfortunate to come away empty handed having taken the lead in the second-half.

The manager admitted that Watford have a talented squad but is focusing on what his Sky Blues side can improve on after suffering defeat to Nottingham Forest in midweek.

Robins said: “We have to go out and perform again tomorrow, in front of the cameras, it’s a great game for us and a game we can certainly look forward to.

“They’ve got a lot of talent in their squad, having just come down from the Premier League and looking to go back up at the first attempt, there’s no easy games, we’ve just got to handle it as best as we can.

“It was a familiar tale really, you look at the quality teams have got and they can hurt you at any point, we did play pretty well in the game earlier in the season, there were some really good movements and some really good goals, Tyler’s goal was an outstanding one.

“Tyler and Max linked up really well, Max could have had a hat-trick on the day, there were a lot of chances that we created, but we ended up losing it to a penalty late on, there a side that have got a lot of quality in their ranks.

“We’ll just concentrate on us and how we want to approach it, the same as we normally do, we’ll have to tweak things a little bit as well as there’s things we can improve on from the other night too.”

Midfielder Gus Hamer scored a remarkable header from 25-yards out in the reverse fixture and Robins praised the awareness shown by the Brazilian to execute such a unique effort.

“It was a brilliant goal, if you look back at it, the goalkeeper started to move forward as the ball bounced because he was trying to get his backline up and once he’d done that, it was too late.

“The pace was on the ball, Gus saw it, and to have the awareness to do that and to execute was fantastic, it was a brilliant goal and one you’ll remember for a long time.”

Tomorrow’s fixture starts a tough run of games for the Sky Blues who play four of the sides occupying the top-five positions in the Sky Bet Championship in their next five matches with Robins insisting his side will go into those contests without any fear.

“That’s where you want to be, that’s why you want to get promoted and play at the highest level you possibly can do, you pit your wits against the best.

“A lot of them are aspiring to get promoted from this division, a lot of them have been promoted from this division before and it gives you a chance to see where you’re at, at this moment in time with the players that we’ve got available to us.

“It’s just about going into those game without any fear, we know that they’ve all got qualities and those qualities will come out in those games, we’ve just got to try and impose ourselves on those games when we can.”


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