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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Hull City clash

The Sky Blues will take on Hull City this Saturday, at the MKM Stadium...

26 August 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins says he and his players have done all they can to ensure they are ready for action ahead of their trip to face Hull City at the MKM Stadium.

By kick-off on Saturday, it will have been 14 days since Coventry were last involved in a competitive fixture, a fortnight on from their defeat away at Millwall.

In the meantime, the club have staged behind-closed-doors friendly fixtures amongst the players at The Sky Blue Lodge to help them remain sharp.

"We have had the benefit of working more with the players but we've also had to deal with the psycological effects of not having the games," explained Robins.

"We're depserate to play and we've tried to replicated it as best as we can with behind-closed-doors games, and that's all we can do. 

"One game was 66 minutes long, the other was 85 minutes long, but the intensity was really high. 

"We should have won the two games we have played so far (against Sunderland and Millwall), then we wouldn't be in the position we are in.

"We are playing catch-up but we've got to try and make the most of it."

He added: "We've got to make sure that we keep putting good performances in. For us, it starts now."

While the Sky Blues have only played two Championship games so far this season, Shota Arveladze's Hull City side have played five and are currently sixth in the standings.

However, impressive results against Bristol City and Norwich City were followed by a heavy 5-2 defeat against West Brom last time out.

"We know exactly what to expect from Hull City. They've changed the way that they operate, with their new owner, and they're investing large amounts of money into their squad," he said.

"They have signed some really, really top players but they've got one or two injuries with those top players at the moment - but they've still got a lot of good players.

"The new owner has changed the face of that club and that changes the expectation level - but we know what to expect from them.

"Even though they lost heavily against West Brom, Albion are a very good side. Hull are a side who have strengthened and they've strengthened really well."

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