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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins AFC Bournemouth Preview

Gaffer looks ahead to Cherries trip...

26 November 2021

With the Sky Blues travelling to the South Coast this weekend, City boss Mark Robins is under no illusions the challenge AFC Bournemouth pose as he expects a tough challenge.

Both sides find themselves in the top six going into the game with Robins looking forward to the match.

“Going into this game at the weekend it’s going to be a difficult game there is no doubt about it.” Robins said.

“They are different to what they were last year but still got some really good quality, in the final third they have got a lot of quality but a lot of experience as well with Gary Cahill coming in at centre half.

“It’s a tough game on paper but it’ll be a tough game on the field as well but one we can look forward to and go and see how close we can get to them.”

The Cherries have won just once in their last four outings, but the City boss believes recent results mean nothing heading into the weekend's trip to the Vitality Stadium.

“I don’t think that’s the case, I don’t think we are going there at a good time to face them.

“It’s a good time to face anybody if you are at your best, at the end of the day if we are at our best, we will give them a really good game and if we are all at our best then we’ll go and win the game.

“They are full of quality, there is no doubt about it, they’ve lost at the weekend and drew against Millwall the other night and the energy both of those teams had to put in was phenomenal and that is what you have to do against them.

“You have to try and match their physicality and really there is a lot of Premier League physicality in their team but also a lot of Premier League quality and players there that have played at a high level and at internationally.

“It’s a challenge there is no doubt about it but one we can look forward to.”

Robins spoke of the style of play Scott Parker has implemented at Bournemouth since his arrival, with Bournemouth sitting in the top two heading into the weekend's clash.

“The way that they press now, they are one of the best teams in this division, in terms of out of possession and pressing and trying to win the ball high up the field because that is where they know they have real quality, and we have to be on our game.

“You can’t really make too many mistakes against them because they will punish you no doubt, but that is not a reason to fear anything, we’ve got to be calm, and we’ve got to be able to deal with it and know what we are trying to do.

“At the end of the day it’s a brilliant game to be involved in and really where we are at, we have earnt the right to go there and show absolutely no fear but a lot of respect for what they do on an understanding that we have to be better than we were on Tuesday and really on Tuesday we were ok.

The Sky Blues will be roared on by another sold out away end this weekend with Robins expecting them to make themselves heard as they back the side and says they will always be grateful for their dedication.

“It’s massive, it’s a big journey, if you get 1300 tickets at a stadium that holds about 11000 then there is over 10% representation, so you are looking at a brilliant following.

“Even in the Championship there is a lot of well supported teams, and we are well up there, and we are always forever grateful for who comes and watches because its hard-earned money and time and travel because people want to watch their team.

“We aim to go and win every game, but we aim to put in a really good performance in that means we can then move on and improve all the time and that is basically what is it about and you are not going to come up against many tougher opponents than Bournemouth.”


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