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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Birmingham City Preview

The Manager looks ahead to tomorrow's clash...

14 April 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is expecting a different type of challenge when his side come up against Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon.

The two sides drew 0-0 when they met earlier in the season, in what was hard-fought battle with neither side able to break the deadlock.

“It will be a different type of game tomorrow, the game against Fulham has gone and we have to make sure we’re ready for the challenge tomorrow at St Andrew’s.

“You’re still coming up against quality Championship players who work hard and fight for their team and they will throw us different problems for us to solve, but that’s the Championship and you have to deal with that week in week out.

“They’ve got some real physical players but also some quality. They signed Onel Hernandez from Norwich who is a top player, and on his day, he can really hurt you.

“They’ve got some top strikers who score goals and they’ve got that long throw from Roberts and also at the back he throws himself in front of things alongside Nico Gordon and Maxime Colin.”

The Sky Blues will return to St Andrew’s for the first time since departing the stadium with a 6-1 win against Millwall in the final game of last season.

City played their home fixtures at the home of Birmingham City for two seasons, winning the League One title and also cementing their place in the Championship in their first season back.

“It was a good home for us.” Robins said.

“I’ve said on many occasions we were grateful to Birmingham City for helping us over that period and we’re looking forward to going back

“There will be no favours asked for or given from either side and this will be a tough game and one we’re really looking forward to.”

On the injury front, Mark Robins has received some positive news for the first time in a long while, having been unfortunate with the number of players missing in recent weeks.

Robins confirmed that Jodi Jones, Kyle McFadzean and Liam Kelly have returned to training and are closing in on a return.

“I’ve got three training coming back. Kyle McFadzean, Liam Kelly and Jodi Jones trained this week, so they’re closer.

“Other than that, Josh Eccles has been ill, but he’s back in today and he will be a couple of days away from training with us.”

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