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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Middlesbrough Reaction

11 September 2021

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins praised the team effort in claiming victory today at home to Middlesbrough, extending his side's excellent home league record this season.

Following the Sky Blues' hard-fought victory at the Coventry Building Society Arena today, goals from Gyokeres and Waghorn sent the home crowd happy once again.

“They all worked their socks off,” Robins mentioned.

“If they all work as hard as that, and as committed as that, they will get more results than not. It won’t go our way all the time, but the fact is if they work like that, then we’ll have no problems at this club.

“It was absolutely full of character, full of quality and thoroughly deserved. I thought they were outstanding.

“To a man, everyone deserves an enormous amount of credit, and the fans were fantastic once again. It’s been a good day at the office.”

The Sky Blues opened the scoring through Viktor Gyokeres in the 72nd minute, and the Swedish striker’s boss was full of praise for putting the Sky Blues ahead:

“The movement at the start to stay onside was brilliant. Jamie Allen has threaded a pass through the two centre-halves, which is what we’ve been after, and you know that he’s going to burst through.

“He kept his calm, went around the goalkeeper and it’s gone into the net. Brilliant goal, brilliant pace, brilliant perseverance and thoroughly deserved.”

Martyn Waghorn then rounded up the game with his first goal for the club in the 90th minute, an effort which Robins was delighted to witness.

“I’m delighted for Martyn because he’s worked so hard to get opportunities, he’s worked his socks off and concentrated on his game and the goals have come.

“The fact that he’s got off the mark now, you can see the relief and I brought him off to a standing ovation. His goal killed the game off, and I’m delighted that happened.

“The atmosphere was fantastic. The crowd drove everything, there was a great number of people here as well, just shy of twenty thousand.”

As Robins’ side extended this season’s impressive record at the Coventry Building Society Arena once again today, the Sky Blues boss emphasised the need to focus on the short term to achieve success.

“We have to maintain that focus,” Robins reiterated.

“You can see that they’re fighting for each other, that they’re desperate to get the points. They want that success and to win games to do well for the supporters. It’s been a great start at home and we’ve got to try and pick up points away from home a little bit better than we did last season.

“Really, we’ve got to just keep doing the work and not looking too far ahead.”

Next up for Mark Robins is the visit of Cardiff City to the Coventry Building Society Arena on Wednesday at 7:45pm.  


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