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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Birmingham City Reaction

City came from behind to secure a point against Blues...

30 January 2021

Mark Robins felt his side were “unfortunate” not to secure all three points after the Sky Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.

City went behind through Jeremie Bela’s penalty only for Gus Hamer to equalise just before the half hour mark, with City unable to find a winning goal that would have secured their second victory at St Andrew’s this week.

The manager was pleased with his side’s reaction to going behind and was happy enough with a point given the freezing cold conditions.

Robins said: “I’m disappointed with the penalty, it’s another penalty conceded, putting it into context they’ve had over a week’s rest and we played on Wednesday night, it’s really difficult.

“The reaction to giving the penalty away was the right one, the goal we scored was an outstanding one, we created some really good openings and we were unfortunate not to go and win the game.

“I don’t think they created a massive amount, both sets of players have given everything, there was a lack of quality at times, the conditions were tough, the wind was freezing cold and the pitch was lively with all those things taken into consideration it’s a decent point.”

Robins admitted he was disappointed his side couldn't complete the turnaround, but was pleased with the move that led to Hamer's leveller.

“It was a brilliant move for Max Biamou’s chance, he’s done everything right, it was good movement and great awareness from both Viktor and Max, he’s cut inside and opened the whole goal up for himself and I’d back him nine times out of 10 to stick it away.

“Everybody has given everything that they can, unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough today, I’m disappointed we didn’t take another chance because we had a few.

“The goal was brilliant, the reaction to giving the penalty away was good, they couldn’t live with some of the passing movements and I thought we were good and unfortunate not to get a second goal.

“You’re playing against quality players, they’ve made changes, their bench is a joke, they’ve got top players and you can see the difference in the squads.”

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