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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Fulham preview

Gaffer gives his thoughts ahead of Saturday's match...

1 October 2021

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Fulham, Mark Robins said he is looking forward to being back at home and facing the challenge of Marco Silva’s side head on.

The Cottagers are a one point and a place better off than the Sky Blues in the Sky Bet Championship ahead of kick off at the Coventry Building Society Arena and Robins thinks it’ll be a ‘tough game’ for his side.  

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“We’re back at home to play a game against a really strong side with some top players in it." Robins said.

“I think we’ve got a tough game coming up there is no doubt about it, but that’s why you’re in the Championship and that’s why it’s a fantastic league.

“The fact of the matter is we are in a strong position because of the performances we have, and we just need to get back to that.”

The visitors possess the league’s leading marksmen in Aleksander Mitrovic however, as wary of the striker’s qualities Robins is, he believes they have a very good team regardless of who starts tomorrow.

“We are under no illusions they are a very tough opposition. Mitrovic is the best striker in the division, and there are some good strikers in this division, he scored a hat trick out of really three chances in the first half and took the game away from Swansea.

“The eleven in the team are the catalyst to create opportunities for him but he is clever. He’ll play off yours shoulder, he’ll drift into area, he’ll drop back in he’s very strong and he links play really, really well and when he gets in he makes good runs.

“But they have other players in the team that can do the same thing, Harry Wilson is in there, Neeskins Kebano, Nathaniel Chalobah, who has been in there who may be injured but got players coming back, and players coming back, Cavaleiro is very powerful. They’ve got a lot of top attacking players but the defenders are very powerful and they’ve got a goalkeeper who’s played at the top level.”

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Robins has been pleased by the progress his side have made this term but remains level headed about what can be achieved this year after a positive start to the season and says his players are looking forward to testing themselves against some of the best the division has to offer.

“We are a side that is in our second season in the Championship after a long absence and we are trying to build. The performances have been very good to this point, if you look back at last season, we have accelerated this season in terms of the number of points and we’ve just got to keep our feet on the ground.

“Everybody is looking forward to playing against the best opposition they possibly can do and everybody wants to play at the highest level they possibly can do and the Championship is always a difficult game but hopefully we can cause Fulham problems of our own.

“From my perspective I want us to go into the game full of confidence and knowing it’s a tough game but a winnable game too if you do the right things”

“As you can imagine there is a lot of detail that goes into it but he decisions will be made by this afternoon and then we just look forward to the kick off tomorrow, in front of the Sky cameras and on the radio, as it promises to be a decent game.”


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