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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Middlesbrough Preview

Gaffer speaks before Boro clash...

10 September 2021

The Sky Blues return to action this weekend, as they welcome Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough side to the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Following two weeks without football due to the international break, the Sky Blues resume their Championship campaign against, what Mark Robins calls, a tough opposition.

"It’s always tough to play against Neil Warnock’s teams, they play in a certain way and they’ve got some quality, they’ve got pace, they’ve got power and it represents a difficult challenge but one we’ll embrace and we are looking forward to.

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“They have won a game, drawn a few games and lost one so they are on six points and had a decent start to the season and they’ve added strength and quality to the squad so they are a difficult opponent.

“They’ve got some really good players in there, they’ve added to that over the transfer window, before that shut, and it remains to be seen how many of those he picks but, like I say, they’ve got a lot of players at their disposal.

“It is a big squad and a strong squad that they’ve got up there and, like I say, we’ll look forward to the game as it’s going to present possibly different challenges than we have faced, or some different challenges to what we have faced so far.

“They are aggressive with what they do, they man to man mark all over the pitch and its down to us to find solutions to that.

The match with Middlesbrough is the first of three in a busy week for the Sky Blues with Cardiff City coming to the CBS Arena on Wednesday before a trip back to the capital to face Millwall with Robins believing it is ‘a big week’ for his team.

“We’ve had a break and all of a sudden it hits you, and then more than that.

“I think there’s six more games until the next international break so for the next block of fixtures we’ll do some goal setting today, pre match stuff and look forward to a tough run of fixtures, possibly tougher than the ones we’ve already faced and potentially we can pick some points up.

“Like I said they are a difficult opponent and then on the back of that we play Cardiff on home on Wednesday so this is a difficult run of games with Millwall away again, where you’re travelling, so it’s a big week, it’s a tough week and it’s one we can look forward to.”

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