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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Blackburn Rovers Preview

The manager previews the weekend's clash...

1 April 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to the final run-in as City return to action this weekend against Blackburn Rovers.

Robins and his side have been without a fixture due to the international break since the 1-1 draw at Derby County two weeks ago.

Ahead of their return to Championship football on Saturday, Robins reflected on the season so far, with only eight games remaining.

“You get to this stage, with only eight games left and you wonder where did the time go, but when you break things down, it’s been a long season.

“There’s been a lot of positives and regardless of what happens, we’ve had a brilliant spell. The start of the season was outstanding, the home form was outstanding, but it tailed off and it was never going to be something we could sustain all season.

“The away form has picked up as well and we’ve picked up some good results and had some good performances away from home and there’s been a big strive forward from last season both in terms of results and performances.

“We feel like we can compete this year a lot more than we could last year and for us that is a huge stride.”

Although there was time for a short reflection period, City have their eyes set firmly on finishing the season strongly.

Six points separate the Sky Blues from the top six in the Championship and Robins and his side are continuing to set their eyes on closing that gap.

“It’s always important to finish the season off well. There are still things to play for, for everyone and that’s something we can get our teeth into and enjoy.

“We had a meeting yesterday regarding the next five games and clearly the next three games coming up this week and after Fulham we will know exactly where we can and can’t get to.

“You look at 72 points, which means you’re looking at 17 more points from now until the end of the season at an average of over 2 points a game, it’s a big ask especially when you consider the teams we have to play.

“But, when you consider them, we’ve performed against some good sides and especially these sides previously.

“So, they’re all must win games now but for everyone that’s the same, which is why it’s so exciting.”

That run will start when Tony Mowbray brings his Blackburn Rovers side to the Coventry Building Society Arena, with kick-off scheduled for 3pm tomorrow.

Robins praised the job that Tony has done since taking over at Ewood Park and is expecting a difficult task tomorrow afternoon.

“You look at Blackburn Rovers and the job Tony has done there and it’s a fantastic job he’s done, there’s no doubt.

“They’ve had a promotion where they came back at first attempt after being relegated and they’ve tried to build after that and the facts are they have bene a team that have been in the ascendency and have started to grow.

“They’ve got some really good players and they’ve been able to recruit some really good players, Brereton Diaz cost them the best part of seven million and Sam Gallagher was similar.

“There’s also Rothwell and Lenihan, who maybe injured tomorrow, van Hecke on loan from Brighton is a good player coming through this season.

“They’ve got pace and power and the players that they have are very good players and we’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a difficult game tomorrow.”


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