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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Millwall Preview

The Gaffer previews the trip to the Den...

17 September 2021

Speaking to the press this morning, Mark Robins said his side are in a good place ahead of Saturday’s match at Millwall and spoke of how the squad have prepared for their third match in eight days.

City travel to the capital hoping to pick up their second win on the road this season, but Robins believes it will be a stern test for his team.

“We are absolutely in good spirits, but I think we’re still looking at recovery.

“Players came in yesterday and had a recovery session which means they won’t train but they do things to help and aid their recovery.

“Then today will be a little more of the same, they’ll do some training to get the legs moving but not a lot and then obviously we’ll travel as we need to make sure between now and the start of the game that everyone has recovered as well as they can.

“The journey down is fine and we’ll look forward to it and we’ll look forward to the game really in the sense that we’ve had a really good week and can we round it off well but we expect a tough game.”

Robins doesn’t think the 6-1 final day victory over the Lions will have a bearing on this weekend’s match but has been impressed with the start Gary Rowett's side have made to the season after a busy summer transfer window in South London.

“I’m sure that’s fresh in people’s minds but again it is a different game, different circumstances we’re playing down at the Den and it’s different but like I say we just got to go play our game, that’s gone, what’s in the past can’t affect tomorrow. That’s for them but for us as well.

“I think these are a good team so forget anything that has happened in the past. They’ve strengthened and brought players in and they’ve had some really tough at the start of the season as well and picked up some good points.

“We have to deal with the game, I think everything else is just noise, we just need to deal with the game and what that throws at us that’s difficult enough.

“The fact is they got into the Championship and became a consistent Championship side that have good players that have an identity and a way of doing things and a good manager that are trying to improve year on year, as we do.

“They’ve got some good players, some good attacking players, and they brought George Saville back in and Sheyi Ojo in there too. They’ve signed Benik Afobe and Dan Ballard and they are all good players. When they were recruiting in the summer you look at that the strengthening has been there for everybody to see.

“They’ve played some good teams and just got a brilliant draw at West Brom, then away at Swansea the other night. It was a decent performance and I think they play really good football. They drew at QPR on the opening weekend and that is a tough place to go as we know so they’ll maybe be happy with what they’ve done.

“Certainly they are a different proposition this time around and again it’s an interesting game and we’ll look forward to it. For us we’ve got to go and try and keep up the levels of performance that we’ve had so far which have been pretty good.

The Sky Blues’ win at Blackpool has been their only success away from Coventry so far, but Robins want to see his team turn good performances on the road into points on the board.

“I think both the away defeats have been pretty harsh really but that’s the nature of it, we have to be better and take elements from the performance from the last two games into those and I think if we can do that then the results start to look a little bit better away from home.

“The performances have been very good, but we want to eke the points out away from home and really have more points than games played away from home which would be an improvement on last season”

“We’ve just got to go and play, and what is more important is we are playing well, there is confidence in there and we have to take that into the game tomorrow and work as hard as they will."


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