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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Derby County Preview

Gaffer speaks ahead of Rams clash...

22 October 2021

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Derby, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to his side playing back at the Coventry Building Society after two away trips in the past week.

City take on Wayne Rooney’s side on Saturday at 3pm at the CBS Arena.

After games at Blackburn and Preston and Robins spoke of the challenges him and his staff have had to overcome when asked about preparations for the match.


“Yeah, I think so after the two games honestly, it’s like I’ve heard managers talk about it before, and I think it’s the first time we have done away trips like that, but that has been horrific.” Robins stressed.

“It just changes the feel of things because of the week we’ve just had so far, I think Derby played Tuesday night then we played Wednesday night plus travel skews things a little bit.”

“So, to answer your question we are looking forward to playing at the Arena and it will be a good game because Derby, regardless of their circumstance, they’ve all got a common goal and a cause.”

Although the Rams arrive in the West Midlands bottom of the table, Robins has been impressed with the collectiveness of the visitors and knows they are coming up against a good footballing side.

“They’ve been playing some good football as well; they’ve got a way of playing and some good players and got some that are back fit and like the rest of us they will have had some that were out with fitness and injury and suspension sometimes, but the common cause is for all to see.

“They’ve been focusing on themselves, rightly so and been playing some good football, regardless of position, it’s false, they would be in 16th place if the points were added back on and like I said they are a good side with some good players, so we know we have to show that energy, first and foremost, and the quality we undoubtedly have.

“Like you say at the Arena we’ve been really, really good so far so it’s just a case of can we replicate that after the two away games.”

Robins also believes Wayne Rooney has conducted himself well in the difficult circumstances he has found himself in since taking the job on eleven months ago.

“Obviously he looks comfortable in his skin and always has done, I think the job has obviously changed for him and everyone that is connected with it over the last few months, never mind the last 12 months, but he’s got good people working with him as well.

“Liam Rosenior is a really good talented coach; good ideas and he’s got good people around him who assist him and assist him really well.

“They’ve got a definite way of playing and he’s got them playing in a good attractive way so their supporters are behind him and obviously enjoying how things are going on the field and they’ll be hope the things will be the same in the not too distant future off the field.”

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