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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Hull City Preview

Gaffer gives his thoughts ahead of Tigers clash...

29 October 2021

City boss Mark Robins spoke of a big week ahead for his side, starting with the trip to Humberside tomorrow and explained how his team have spent the week preparing for it.

The Sky Blues’ match with Hull City is the first of three in the space of eight days, with a home double header against Swansea City and Bristol City to come, and Robins is looking forward to the games.

“There’s been a mixture of things, a decent training session on Tuesday and yesterday too and they’ve had a little mixture of rest and recovery and also work so we’re training again today and then up the road to Hull." Robins explained.

“It’s a busy week, starting now it is a three game week and it’s a big week for us really, three really good games starting with tomorrow.

“Like I said last week we want to go up there with the idea that we want to take three points from every game clearly but go with that mentally and try and take three points tomorrow.”

The Tigers were promoted last season as League One Champions and despite them currently positioned 22nd in the league, Robins is not expecting that to count for much.

“I think we all look at the game in isolation, we don’t necessarily look at where they are (in the table), it’s about what they’ve got and how they perform, what they are likely to do.

“I think they are a side who have obviously come up from League One, Grant McCann has done a brilliant job there and got them playing in a way that he wants them too and he wants to stick to his guns which is admirable.

“I think they are a hard-working side but they’ve got some really good quality, Keane Lewis-Potter off that left hand side, we know Mallik Wilks, Magennis up front with some really good quality and George Honeyman behind him, they’ve got some really good players and they are just finding their feet at the level again, which is tough.

“We know ourselves, we found it last year, it takes a while to find your feet, but I expect a tough challenge, they’ve given everybody a tough game so far and they work really hard to try and make it difficult for you but also wanting to move you around and create chances themselves.

“It’s a brilliant stadium, I’ve only been there a few times, but it’s a great playing surface so it’ll be a decent game of football, but they’ll try and get after us and we’ve got to cope with that, but I want us to go in with no fear and try and play our game.”

City will be backed by more than 1,800 supporters in East Yorkshire tomorrow and Robins said the level of support has been fantastic.

“Well, it’s fantastic, I say it every week, you think you know everything you need to know about the away support, then they take it to a different level and they keep doing it.

“Midweek at Preston with to have over 1000 go and follow us there is incredible really, the distance they travelled and then the couple of thousand we took up to Blackburn and, again, backed the team.

“The supporters that followed us to Luton where we had a horrendous, good hiding they stayed with the team the whole way through, it’s just fantastic and the players need that and obviously we want to repay that game by game and sometimes we do and sometimes we fall a little bit short of that but it’s not for the want of trying.

“We’ve got a really good squad of players that are hungry to do well for the club and obviously the supporters and the players hit it off and that is a brilliant sign for any football club really.”


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