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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Nottingham Forest Reaction

Gaffer’s thoughts from Forest loss…

6 April 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins says there are positives to take, despite losing 2-0 to Nottingham Forest.

Mark Robins commended his side’s performance, but conceded the fact they were missing the final touch to take something from the game.

The Sky Blues manager reflected on the tie, also in admiration of the strength in depth that Steve Cooper’s team possess.

“I thought we played really well and felt we were really good up until the final bit and then we just didn’t have that final touch.” Robins said.

“We were fluid, but these are a really good side, there’s no doubt about it, you look at what they’ve got and even those who weren’t involved tonight, they’ve got a top squad.

“I thought Fanky was outstanding off this left side because the two players down there, Spence has been getting all the plaudits this season and Brennan Johnson who is a great talent, they’ve been attacking all night and it was really important we had that power from Fanky and he dealt with them brilliantly, they didn’t really get too much.

“They’ve got Johnson and Davies and then they bring on Grabban and Surridge and that’s just the difference, but it’s difficult because nobody likes losing football matches and it’s not a great feeling ever.

“They put you under pressure and of you don’t take your chances, you can’t put them under pressure because they take a deep breath and go again and when they go again they get into a position where they get a chance.”

Robins sung the praises of the Sky Blues, noting the stand-out performers in what was a tough loss to take.

“We’ve blocked one or two things that we’ve had to, but we’ve not been defending on the back foot and I think we were really aggressive at times, the three centre-halfs were really good, Rosey read the game really well tonight,

“Jamie Allen as well was working his socks, we weren’t just stopping them, we were stopping the cross and blocking balls into feet because Davies is powerful and you’ve seen that.

“We had chances to take the lead, chances to put them under pressure and we just didn’t take them, Callum’s had a couple of chances and was a little bit unlucky but those are the things that change games.”

Finally, Robins raved of the Sky Blues fans, thanking them for their continued support.

“The backing was brilliant tonight, the supporters were outstanding again and the support in the stadium was brilliant, it was a full house I think and it was an enjoyable game for all the right reasons other than we didn’t manage to take one of our chances to take the game.”

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