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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Birmingham City Reaction

Gaffer reflects on St. Andrews win…

15 April 2022

Sky Blues Mark Robins praised his side after their 4-2 win against Birmingham City, but says his side can reach higher levels next time out.

Two headed goals from Birmingham City gave the Sky Blues an uphill task, but they rose to the challenge, with Ben Sheaf scoring twice before the half to bring City back into the tie.

Mark Robins’ side charged on, grabbing a further two from Michael Rose and Callum O’hare to seal an exhilarating 4-2 win against Birmingham City on their return to St. Andrews.

Robins, however, demanded more performance-wise from his side when they welcome Bournemouth to the Coventry Building Society Arena on Monday, but shared his contrasting delight as the Sky Blues' clinical nature helped secured the win.

“We weren’t great and the three balls we put out of play gave them a chance to launch it into our penalty area and two of them they’ve scored from. We didn’t deal with it very well.

“We got one back and that gave us a bit of positivity coming into half-time but it was the only bit of positivity because we didn’t string too many passes together.

“The main thing for me was the response from being two down. Going two goals down here is tough, there was no sign of any head-loss or any heads down and that’s a testament to the group, they’ve come here and played.

“We’ve come from goals down, we’ve scored at the death, we’ve scored equalisers at the death, we never say die and keep going.”

Robins was quick to pick out the star performance of midfield magician Gustavo Hamer, who had a hand in three Sky Blues goals, as well as other key moments that impacted the match.

“Three brilliant deliveries from Gus, I’m talking the free-kick for the first one, the corner for the second one and Sheaf scored the two.

“I thought Vik lead the line unbelievably well until Waggy came on and he helped because Vik was starting to tire with the work that he’s done, he’s ran the legs out of the young kid, Nico Gordon, who played really well.

“Waggy, was so unlucky as well because the goal is there and he makes it, the quality he’s got to get into the penalty area and it then falls to Callum O’Hare, who keeps a clear head and puts it in.

“The changes I made in the second-half were obviously about trying to see the game out from set-plays, we’ve obviously missed Fadz at the end of this campaign, but his presence was needed.

“It was a decent day and a decent return, in the end, but we’ll have to play better on Monday because there’s a chance.

"We’re three points away, the pressure starts to build and the supporters will come on Monday and be right there with us after the brilliant outcome from today’s game. It puts us in a crucial position."

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