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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks strikers

Gaffer gives his views on Godden and Gyökeres...

16 October 2021

Mark Robins gave his thoughts on the FA's decision to suspend Matty Godden last week.

The FA issued Godden with a two-game ban for simulation last week and the City boss spoke about the outcome.

“I think it is difficult.

"I was disappointed to get that as the one thing Matty Godden isn’t is a cheat” Robins said.

“What people don’t do is put anything into context. His foot injury, that people forget about, put him out for six months and the fact that the tackle is coming, and he tries to get out the way and didn’t appeal for a penalty, got a penalty, but he wasn’t trying to deceive anybody.

“Had that been settled on the day it’s a yellow card and you carry on, free-kick to the opposition.

“Because it’s been settled by a panel after the event, he gets a two-game ban, so there is a discrepancy there in terms of the punishment and the punishment doesn’t fit the crime, certainly not in this instance as nobody is trying to gain an advantage.

“It’s very difficult to talk about it without getting angry because he has put in so much work to get back to where he is. He is certainly not a cheat, and I am really disappointed with the outcome.

“In terms of the letter of the law you have to accept it which was very difficult because that is sort of accepting that he is trying to gain and deceive the referee.”

With fellow forward Viktor Gyökeres earning an international call up to Sweden due to his form, Robins spoke of how pleased he was for him to see his form rewarded and looks forward to seeing him back in a City shirt.

“He has come back and is obviously buzzing with everything because things have moved really quickly for him. He was drafted in to replace Zlatan, so I don’t think that’s a bad feather in your cap!

“Then to get onto the pitch is a huge step forward for him and his coach said some really nice things about him, he went in good spirits, come back in good spirts and it’s good to have him back going into this next run of games.”

The break has allowed a return to fitness for a few members of the Sky Blues squad with Robins believing his squad are in a good place ahead of the three games in a week coming up.

“Hamer trained this week and he’ll be available hopefully and Waghorn has trained this week as well so thankfully we are looking pretty healthy.

“At the end of the day that’s what you try to build your squad for and it’ll test the squad. I think everyone will be in good spirits, whether they have played a lot of minutes or not, and everyone should be chomping at the bit for the opportunity and that is what I am expecting."

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