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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Talks St Andrew's and Ricoh Arena

The Gaffer looks to sign off at St Andrew's with three points...

8 May 2021

Today the Sky Blues take on Millwall in their final Sky Bet Championship fixture of the 2020/21 season.

It will also be City’s final scheduled ‘home’ fixture at St Andrew’s as they get set to return to the Ricoh Arena next season.

Despite the circumstances surrounding the Sky Blues playing at St Andrew’s, the record in Birmingham has been strong and City boss Mark Robins will be hoping to sign off on a win against Millwall.

“The last game there was against Preston which was rubbish. I thought the game was poor but again you look back at that and a game every three days, and the sort of level of the game and the performances that we put in to the three games before sort of meant it was natural to be flat not necessarily from the effort that they put in because they put a lot of effort into that.

“However, from a mental perspective if you come off it a touch, which they did because we achieved what we set out to achieve, then that can happen.

“We’ve spoken about that as well which is why I have given them the time they have had off, to clear their brains to get the performance.

“I thought the performance second half last game was really good and we’re looking for a similar performance, but you always set out to win but it’s not what you set out to demand.

“You demand a performance and you’re looking for people to do certain things which means that your performances are good enough to get the results but from our point of view, absolutely it would be great to finish off with a win and sign off in good style.”

Earlier this week, Robins and the Sky Blues squad returned to the Ricoh to take a look at their surroundings for next season.

For some of the squad it was the first time that they had been to the visit the stadium after two-years of being at the club.

“We had a visit to the Ricoh earlier on in the week and that was good. Everyone’s sort of seen the stadium and what it looks like, not necessarily what it feels like just yet but that was good.

“There’s a lot of work to be done there, the pitch needs to be relayed and there’s a lot of things to sort in a good way.

“The players went, and I haven’t really asked them what they thought, but it was just to get them there to get a feel for it, there’s lads on two-year contracts that haven’t been in and not set foot inside there, certainly not on a matchday.

“There’s one or two that have played there before but for other clubs and it was an interesting hour or two.

“It was a good exercise but there’s nothing like playing there in front of our supporters and getting a real feel of what’s it’s all about to play for Coventry City in Coventry.

“We had a really nice welcome and Stephen Vaughan’s been superb, but like I say we’ll sign off at St Andrew’s and again thank them for their hospitality and the way they’ve looked after us over these last two years.”


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