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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Bristol City Reaction

Gaffer gives his thoughts on win...

6 November 2021

Reflecting on the Sky Blues’ match with Bristol City, Robins believed his side performed well overall in testing circumstances to come out on top at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

City had to come from behind twice, the second time with ten men, but Matty Godden’s 90+2nd minute strike ensured three more points on the board to keep the Sky Blues fourth in the table.

“I thought it was a decent first half as well apart from the last thirty seconds of it.” Said Robins.

“We were good really, we had control of the game and moving the ball really well at times.

“Some of the switches were brilliant but then we weren’t getting it as Fanky and Maatsen had heavy touches, but we were getting into good positions, didn’t really create a massive amount but we were in control of it for most of the first half.”

It looked like it would be scoreless at the break however the visitors were awarded a penalty when Ian Maatsen held back Callum O’Dowda and Robins believes it will prove a vital learning experience for the young full back as well as talking about the belief his side had at half time that they were still in the game.

“For whatever reason things shifted, they got off the back of us a little bit and ended up with the pass that went through, Maats got really the wrong side and apparently, he pulled him which meant he was going off, if you tackle with your feet like they did then you don’t get sent off.

“It’s something he’s got to learn, and we’ll be without him for a game or two, that’s the disappointment of the first half on top of the fact we were just a bit untidy.

“We readjusted second half and having spoken about staying in the game and making sure they knew we could win the game and it’s not the end of the game because you have lost a man.

“They were in good spirt in fairness, as we went out we gave them some instructions, they were really brave and stuck at it and we actually grew with quality.

“We got a goal back, penalty given which was tucked away nicely and then gave away a really poor goal to concede, the save being put back into play, he’s either got to hold it or push it round the post  whatever happens.

“He’s been brilliant for us Mooro but you’ve got to be a little bit critical of him but I haven’t seen it back so I might change my view on it but it looked like he needed to get a hold on it.”

With another strong turnout from the Sky Blue Army Robins believed the fans played their part as City pushed for a winner and the Gaffer was pleased to see Callum O’Hare score his first goal of the season as well as see Godden get his second of the game and sixth of the season to seal the win.

“(The goal) it didn’t really rock us too much because we got back on with it and again with the crowd roaring us on and really pushing and we were again, brave, and managed to get the ball to the edge of the box.

“Callum took his time with that one, he didn’t rush it and took it into a position to which he could shoot, and it goes in and that’s what he’s been practicing so brilliant because it pays off in a game which gets us back to 2-2.

“Then it’s like right, don’t consolidate let’s go for the jugular and see if we can get something. Kels came on and it shored up and gave up the scope to get Callum and Ben higher up the field, Gus obviously felt a bit of cramp and that was the change.

“Then it was brilliant play, we kept the ball, opened them up, slid the ball down the side with his movement, as soon as he gets there you know he’s going to hit target and it went into the back of the net.

“I think it was a brilliant game, a brilliant win and fantastic that we’ve shown that bravery.”

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