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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins West Brom Reaction

Sky Blues boss reflects on today's stalemate...

23 April 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins reflected on today’s contest as City drew 0-0 against West Bromwich Albion.

Ben Wilson’s last-minute save from Karlan Grant’s penalty ensured that City walked away from The Hawthorns with a point this afternoon, and manager Mark Robins was full of praise for the Sky Blues goalkeeper.

“I’ve got two really good goalkeepers here and Ben’s just waited and he got the jersey today and he’s certainly not let anybody down,” Robins reiterated.

“I didn’t think he would do; he trains really well, he’s supportive of the other goalkeepers and he deserved the opportunity today. He’s made some brilliant saves.

“Like I’ve said, Simon Moore has been fantastic for us all season, and to have two goalkeepers like that and for Ben to perform like he’s done - not just making saves, his general distribution was outstanding.

“I’m really pleased for him and it gave us a platform to play in the game and I thought that is why we were in control between penalty areas in the first half.”

Speaking of the opening 45 minutes, Robins also looked back on City’s away performance.

“I think we dominated the first half. I think we played really well in the first half without creating a lot of chances. They’ve only lost three games here all season; they’re good at home.

“To have possession of the ball like we did and cut through them like we did is testament to the players. I think that’s something which they’ve got to take confidence from.

“I thought that we dealt with the considerable aerial threat of Andy Carroll really well.

“Ben Wilson made a really good save in the second half from the header and I think that was Carroll as well. But ultimately there was nothing else in the game for them, I felt that we were good value.

“Second half they came out and played a little bit better and then the penalty at the end was a killer and you’re just hoping that Ben can make the save. It was a phenomenal save, it wasn’t a poor penalty really. He got there, it was a great save and it was all that he deserved.

“They’re a big side, and we didn’t perform as well as we know that we can do. This was a game that we wanted to try and win, we just fell short. A point here under normal circumstances is a really good point.

“Two of the teams who were relegated from the Premier League away from home, we’ve beaten Fulham and we’ve drawn here 0-0 and it’s a clean sheet. We’ll take it, although it’s disappointing that we’ve slipped too far behind the others. Like I said, even to be talking about that is phenomenal.”

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