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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Peterborough Reaction

Manager Mark Robins reflects on tonight's 3-0 victory versus Peterborough...

24 September 2021

Manager Mark Robins praised his side for successfully acting on half-time advice to seize the three points against Peterborough tonight.

Three goals in seven second-half minutes for the Sky Blues saw Mark Robins’ side maintain their winning home record in the SkyBet Championship this evening, as Viktor Gyökeres’ brace added to Gustavo Hamer’s 57th-minute opener.

“It was a difficult game; I thought they gave us a stern test,” Robins mentioned.

“In the first half they were very good, I thought we were decent, and we had quite a lot of opportunity in dangerous positions but lacked that bit of quality at the end.

“We spoke about it at half time, and about that calmness. It stood out in the second half in that seven-minute spell when we broke away from a set play and Gustavo must have sprinted 110 yards in a really quick break.

“We were really calm on the ball, the movement of the ball, and it was calm from Gus to just slide it in between two players.

“That gave us the lead which we needed, and that first goal was important. I think that deflated them a bit because they’re a good side.

“We found it difficult to get our noses in front, but from then on we just grew in stature really and took the game away from them.”

Viktor Gyökeres made it seven goals for the season so far tonight at the Coventry Building Society Arena to cement the Sky Blues’ lead, and his manager was full of praise for the Swedish striker’s efforts this evening.

“The movement again was brilliant, the ball in from Todd Kane was bang on the money. The movement of both strikers was very good, they got into good positions and Viktor was right in the centre of the goal to drop the ball into the back of the net, which was fantastic to give us a two-goal lead.

“The third goal was when we pressed; they got caught and we broke with three against two. They were trying to get back but Viktor has got a little bit of luck because it’s taken a bit of a deflection to loop over the goalkeeper’s head, but that just took the game away from them.

“I thought it was nothing more than we deserved. I thought the performance was good and the atmosphere was electric.

“I thought the players on the pitch were outstanding. It’s okay for us to talk about what we want to do, but we need to go on and do it, and they did it fantastically well tonight.

“I thought we were good value for the win. Hard-fought, no doubt – I thought we covered a lot of distance. A really good performance and result.”

Next up for Mark Robins is the trip to Kenilworth Road on Wednesday night, when the Sky Blues take on Luton Town for more SkyBet Championship action.


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