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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Millwall Reaction

City secured their second away win of the season in the capital...

2 January 2021

Mark Robins praised his “outstanding” Sky Blues side after City started the year with victory against Millwall at the Den on Saturday afternoon.

An own goal from Jake Cooper put the Sky Blues ahead before Gus Hamer doubled City’s lead with a fine first time effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Jed Wallace pulled a goal back for the Lions from the penalty sport, but City held on to claim victory in their first game of the new year.

The manager was delighted with his side’s performance and was pleased City found the net to end a run of four games without a goal.

Robins said: “It was a brilliant performance, absolutely outstanding, it’s a good start to the new year, the only real complaint was that we didn’t finish the game off before or after the penalty, we had a number of chances.

“We scored two goals, we finished last year without scoring for four games, it was nice to get back on the scoresheet, it was a really, really, good performance, they were two brilliant goals and really we should have had more.

“They found their shooting boots, you’re playing against good opposition at this level and today was no exception, they’ve had quite a bit of time off from their Covid issues.

“We’ve had our issues this week as well, there were some false positive in a cohort of four, we were without three players and a member of staff yesterday, they were retested and thankfully they came back negative.

“We got everybody down here today, we travelled on two busses this morning and got a really positive performance.”

Jordan Shipley returned to the starting line-up at the Den and Robins was pleased with the midfielder’s impact on the game.

“When you’ve gone awhile without scoring that’s what you want, it’s hit the post come back and hit their defender and gone in, he hit a thunderous shot off the post in the second-half.

“He’s been involved in some really good movements and some good play which was fantastic, it’s what he needed, he’s been out of the side for a little while, but he’s got that in his locker.

“The rest of the team were outstanding, Gustavo and Callum O’Hare put in outstanding performances, and Callum should have capped his display off with a goal or two.”

Robins also commented on injuries that forced both Matty Godden and Shipley off the pitch and touched upon his plans for the January transfer window.

“Matty Godden’s is the same injury I think, that’s a disappointment, Jordan Shipley’s was just cramp, he should be okay, Matty Godden I don’t know yet, hopefully it hasn’t re-torn.

“The transfer window is open, I’m going to need a little bit of help, hopefully I’ll get that, I’ve got a couple of things lined up and we’re going to need to do something to try and alleviate the issues we’ve got.”


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