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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins West Bromwich Albion Preview

The Gaffer previews the trip to the Hawthorns...

22 April 2022

The Sky Blues are back on the road this weekend, as they make the short trip to West Bromwich Albion, in a game manager Mark Robins is looking forward to.

West Brom were relegated from the Premier League last season and currently sit a position behind the Sky Blues following a mixed run of results.

Robins is aware of the quality in the Baggies ranks, having experienced Premier League football in two of the last four seasons.

“Tomorrow is another tough game, but it’s one to look forward to.” Robins said.

“We’ve gone toe-to-toe with teams this season. West Brom are a good side at home, they’ve only lost three times there all season.

“They’ve got Premier League quality in their ranks and it’s a really good challenge for us to see where we can get to.

“We have three really big games coming up and we want to finish the season off really well.”

There are three games left for the Sky Blues until the end of the campaign and they are currently four points off a place in the Championship play-off places.

Although time is running out to catch those teams above them, Robins believes the fact his side are even within a shout at this stage, shows how far they have come in a short space of time.

“You look at the fixtures and everyone thought it was a tough old run-in but we’re playing our part in a really exciting end to the season and the fact we’re still being spoken about that we can still get into the play-offs is a phenomenal achievement from everyone.

“We would have love to have stayed there because we were in the top four for a long time this season, but it’s always vanity at the start of the season,

“It’s now when it matters when you’re trying to finish things off and trying to achieve something.”

With 43 games down, Robins reflected on City’s season to date and taking what has been learnt this season into the next campaign.

“Every season you have to look at staying in the Championship and that’s the base line, you have to try and stay here.

“Then, if you can get the confidence through winning football matches and playing the right way and having people available then you can build into the season, which is what has happened this season.

“The start of this season was phenomenal, certainly the home games were phenomenal and there are things we can look at from this season to try and emulate for next season and see where we can build on and be better at.

“Our home form tailed off too much in terms of what we did, and it was always going to happen but with how it’s gone we have to be better, and we need to pick up more results at home.

“We’re one win away from beating last year’s total of points at home then we had last season at St Andrew’s.

“Away from home we have been significantly better and hopefully that remains the case and we have two games left so hopefully we can improve on that.”

The Gaffer also stopped to thank the Sky Blue Army, who have been purchasing their season tickets in number for next year.

“There’s a record number of people buying season tickets and I would like to say thank you to everyone who has purchased one and hopefully we can add more and beat this year’s total.

“Everyone is welcome here and everyone that has parted with their hard earned cash, it is much appreciated, it really is outstanding.

“It makes you feel humble, and it drives you on to do better and that is what we always aim for.”

 


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