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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Birmingham City Preview

The Sky Blues are unbeaten in their last eight matches at St Andrew's...

29 January 2021

Mark Robins insists his Sky Blues squad are in “good spirits” ahead of Saturday’s clash against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

City were victorious in midweek after beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at the same venue and Robins is hoping his side can produce a similar display this weekend.

The manager admitted his side would have liked more time to prepare for this weekend’s fixture, but is looking forward to the challenged posed by Birmingham on Saturday.

Robins said: “We move on to the next game, they’re coming thick and fast again and we’re looking forward to the game, we’re in good spirits after a really good win the other night and rightly so.

“There were some good performances the other night, took a couple of good chances and we could have had more goals in that game, it was a big three points for us, but we move onto the next one.

“It’s no different for us, we’ve been nomadic for the last couple of years, we’re going to play against a good Birmingham team who are generally strong defensively.

“Ideally, you would want a little bit more time between games, it is what it is, it’s how the calendar has fallen and we just have to deal with it, recovery time between games is paramount.”

The last three meetings between the sides have ended as a draw which includes a goalless affair earlier this season but Robins is hoping City can use the momentum from Wednesday’s win to pick up where they left off tomorrow afternoon.

“I think they’ve strengthened, they’ve been able to bring in some players to change it around and you look at the squad and the depth they have and the investment that goes into their squad, it’s significant.

“We were unlucky last season in the cup, we nearly did enough to get through, the game earlier on in the season there was nothing between the two teams really, they’ve all been tight games.

“We’ve got a decent surface at St Andrew’s that we’ve been able to play on, we had success last season, it’s just a good place to go and play football, we enjoy it. It’s our provisional home, but we’ve just got to go there tomorrow as the away team and try and pick up where we left off.

“The pitch gets a double amount of games, the pitch was okay the other night, the groundsmen have done a remarkable job over the 18 months that we’ve been there.

“We’ve been at St Andrew’s for 18 months and they’ve always looked after us and we’ve felt welcome. When we’re playing our landlords, we have to make sure that we go into the game fully prepared to play against a really good team.”


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