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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Bristol City Preview

Gaffer looks ahead to Robins clash...

5 November 2021

In his press conference today Mark Robins explained how his side have prepared for their second home game of the week and said his side will be ‘ready to go’ to face Bristol City.

The Sky Blues welcome Nigel Pearson’s side to the Coventry Building Society Arena tomorrow and Robins said he is looking forward to the atmosphere that will be generated as his side look to get back to winning ways.

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“They had the usual thing (for a Tuesday game), after the game they had the Wednesday off, then in yesterday they came in and did part of the training, but not all of the session for obvious reasons.” Robins said.

“They’ll come in today and do the preparation as normal and they’ll be ready to go again on Saturday.

“It’s a home game it’s going to be a really well supported game again, we’re really looking forward to it for all the reasons I’ve outlined, we’ve been brilliant, so we are looking forward to the games and playing against Bristol City on Saturday.

“It’s a big club Bristol City, they’ll be bringing their own support, it’ll be a great atmosphere and what’s not to look forward to.”

Robins believes the visitors have a good group of Championship experience and identified the forward line as one that his team will need to be wary of.

“They’ve got good players throughout the team, I had Nakhi Wells before, and I know he is a good player, a brilliant finisher, and Chris Martin that plays up front for them and Andi Weimann and they’ve got some really good players.

“Matty James of course, I think he is carrying a foot injury at the minute, but we know all about Matty and they’ve got a lot of experience throughout their team.

“Of course, they have good players and we’ve got to focus on us and what we do and as I said before we’ve been really good and we’ve got to try and reach those levels knowing they will be trying to counter that.”

It was announced last week that there have been more season tickets bought this campaign than for any season going back to 1969/70 and Robins was keen to point out how much their support has helped the team this year with fans back in the stadium.

“There are over 11,000 season ticket holders and that in itself is amazing. The supporters have been brilliant they are playing their part as usual, and the players are looking forward to playing in front of them all the time because of the way they are interacting and supportive of them which is really important, and I think as a team we respond to that and the support we receive which is outstanding and it can only help.

“It is amazing and humbling really, it is a brilliant relationship they have forged together and long may it continue. I think that is a big help in terms of driving everything forward, they know that I speak about it all the time and it never platitudes and it’s always gratefully received.

“Everyone gets frustrated when we don’t win but as I said as long as we understand the process and how things are, it’s up and down at times but they give everything for the team.

“From our point of view if we can cut them mistakes out and really, it’s the mentality again and that’ll come with time, things will improve further but at the moment it is what it is, and we’ve got young players trying to forge their way in the game.

“They (the fans) make things easier for us to play the football that we do, and I know they are enjoying it and the supporters are really enjoying the football.

“Like I said we are really looking forward to it and trying to win another game of football.”

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