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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Birmingham City Reaction

Gaffer gives his thoughts on tonight's match...

23 November 2021

City boss Mark Robins believed his side just lacked that cutting edge in the match with Birmingham City tonight.

The Sky Blues had their second scoreless draw of the week and Robins spoke of his frustration in a game his side dominated the play.  

“We needed a that final bit of quality in the final third and we would have took all three points.” Said Robins.

“They were cynical at times and made cynical fouls, we had a nailed-on penalty in the first half which I really don’t understand why we haven’t got it as Viktor was wrestled to the ground.

“Then there is a sending off in the second half, not before time, and there was a lot of slowing the game down with every time they got a throw in it took a minute and I would imagine the ball was in play the least amount of time of any game this season so far.

“That was the frustration because they have obviously come to frustrate and we were actually ok, we moved the ball ok, but we were a bit frivolous with the chances.

“The ball was goes into the goalkeeper’s hands too often after getting into good positions down the side and then when we did get in the ‘keeper has had a really good evening and we’ve allowed that really because we‘ve not been clinical enough and that is the frustration.

“Have we got a right to be frustrated, I’m not sure, we’ve worked really hard and there is moments in the game. I’ve just said in there if we aren’t creating chances then you can be really frustrated but to be talking the way I am shows how far we’ve come in such a short space of time, so we take it and move on.”

The visitors were reduced to ten men in the second half when Ryan Woods was dismissed for a foul on Ian Maatsen and Robins thought it was the right decision.

“He was two foot off the ground, he caught him on his calf, he was definitely taking him out and no way he was going to give up on that and he was running away from him and there was only one way he was going to take him out and he’s done it and for me that is as cynical as they come.

“Do you like to see red cards given, no, but that’s an injury and I think it’s a really poor challenge from a decent player.”

City had a lot of joy down the right wing but couldn’t quite find a breakthrough the home fans hoped for and Robins praised the atmosphere the Sky Blue Army created.

“With Callum O’Hare, Fanky and Godden, when we were down that right hand side we got in numerous times and with Gus, the cutback with Ian Maatsen, it’s a right footed finish, but he’s let it come across to his left foot and rightly so, but he’s not managed to take it again.

“Other than that we’ve huffed and puffed and worked really hard and I just feel for the crowd because you just sense it, the roof would have come off because the atmosphere was like that. You could see it was tense, it was a derby game, and you expect that.

“Coming into the game you knew it would be a really tight game because they always are against them and that’s how it proved.”

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