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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Sheffield United Reaction

The Manager reflects on today's stalemate...

20 November 2021

Mark Robins looked back on his side's 0-0 draw at Bramall Lane this afternoon, as the points were shared with Sheffield United.

Despite chances for both teams, the Championship contest ended in stalemate as Robins reflected on the Sky Blues’ first meeting with The Blades in over four years.

“Two teams which have been on different trajectories; last time I came here we lost 2-0. On Sunday we had won the Checkatrade, and on the Wednesday we had to come here.

“They were going for promotion and that just put them on the verge of it, and I think that they won it at Northampton.

“So, different journeys which we have been on, but obviously we have come back together and played in today’s game. I’ve got to say, I am really proud of them. I thought they were outstanding.

“I thought that we went toe-to-toe at times, I thought that we played some really good, nice patterns, I thought that there was some decent opportunities created.”

Following a lively contest in South Yorkshire, Robins spoke about having to overcome Sheffield United’s strength in depth which was on show today:

“That changes the dynamic of the game; obviously you look at their bench and they have got some injuries or illnesses, but they have got a squad which is unbelievable, and rightly so as they have just come down from the Premier League.”

Robins also highlighted the Sky Blues’ resilience in dealing with today’s midfield battle.

“That was the dilemma, that’s the thing which we talk about with two strikers playing in a game like this because you open it up for them in midfield.

“They have got four players in midfield, four quality players, and then they make the change to bring Osborn on at the end to bring the left wing-back off, and it gives them that bit of impetus. Tactically, that’s a decent move for them but we dug in.

“In terms of heart and desire, I thought that we showed that in abundance and I think that they deserve an awful lot of credit to keep a clean sheet away from home. For us, that is a really good starting point.”

Next up for Mark Robins’ side is a return to the Coventry Building Society Arena to face Birmingham City on Tuesday night (7:45pm kick-off) for more SkyBet Championship action.

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