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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Blackburn Rovers Reaction

Gaffer reacts after late drama…

2 April 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins applauded his side's efforts after they salvaged a late point against Blackburn Rovers.

Viktor Gyökeres’ finish added to the flurry of late Sky Blues goal we’ve seen this season, in what earned City a draw.

Mark Robins reflected on an action-packed affair and the challenge Rovers posed after their second-half switch.

“I think we deserved at minimum a point, we played brilliantly in the first half.” Robins said.

“In terms of what might’ve been in terms of decisions that should’ve gone our way early in the first half, we didn’t get what we should’ve got, but that’s life, we get on with things.

“You have to be aware they’re making changes, we knew who they were bringing on and the intensity changed and you’ve got to be able to live with it.

"But we didn’t, it was sloppy from out perspective and they got the goal, they brought on really good, talented players and you’ve got to be able to stand up to that.

“First twenty seconds they get the goal back and then their tails are up and it cost us the goal and any momentum we built in the first half.

"We conceded a second from a set-play, these haven’t scored from open play in twelve games and that was the disappointment for us to concede that goal in the manner we did.”

Conversely, Robins shared his joy at the Sky Blues' performance, in particular the fashion in which City grabbed their equaliser.

"For our second goal, it was great football into Fabio who picked a pass and the weight of the pass was great as well as Fanky’s delivery into the box and then Vik scores a different goal to what he normally scores.

"It was a brilliant goal to see, a centre-forward getting into space, pulling away from his man and getting pulled all over the place, but it just shows the power to get through that and he’s banged it into the top corner and it’s nothing we didn’t deserve.

“Before that, we got the own-goal, Callum O’Hare tries to get inside and [Pickering] drags it in his own goal, so you’re 1-0 up and you’re in the ascendancy.

"There wasn’t a massive amount in terms of goal-scoring opportunities for either side, but they changed by putting balls in behind you to test us.

“Gallagher’s a good runner, Rothwell and Giles were in there and they’re all quick and we’ve done pretty well in how we’ve performed and it’s just that little spell in the second half that turned the tie in their favour for a little bit.

"We didn't lose that bravery and courage and that never say die attitude that’s been there since I joined the club and especially this season has been outstanding.”


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