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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reacts to Preston North End defeat

Mark Robins reflected on the positives and difficulties following Preston defeat...

31 August 2022

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reacts to Preston North End defeat

Mark Robins reflected on the positives and difficulties following Preston defeat...

31 August 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins believes his side deserved more than they got against Preston North End at the Coventry Building Society Arena, after his side fell to a 1-0 defeat.

Emil Riis' late goal was the difference between the two sides, coming late on in a closely fought battle in Coventry.

Robins pointed to the positives as he adressed the media at full time, and praised teenage loanee Callum Doyle who put in a performances deserving of more than defeat.

“I don't think we deserved to lose the game and I thought we started brightly, and were in the game all the time,” he said.

“There’s been young players make debuts tonight. I thought Callum Doyle was absolutely outstanding, apart from the bit where Riis has come and sat him down, turned and got a shot away.

“We’ve hit the bar twice and we’ve had a good opportunity from Doyle from a shot that the goalkeeper has managed to parry away.

“We forced them into making some errors and we had a lot of the ball again and, like I say, we’re moving the ball quickly to try and open something up, but we didn’t deserve to lose.”

Following the postponement of the first three games at the Coventry Building Society Arena, the Sky Blues were staging their first home fixture of the season in late August.

Robins signed off by talking of the difficulties City have faced in the past weeks, but also looked ahead to how they can move forward from the situation.

“We started a little bit anxiously, but I don’t think there’s a lack of confidence there,” he continued.

“I think both teams gave away the ball a lot and we were a little bit on edge and that’s the circumstances we are in and that’s probably to do with our league position and having to wait until tonight to play our first home match.

“Preston made it difficult by getting bodies behind the ball, and they’ve had clean sheets in every game, so they’re doing something right.

“When you get the first home game, you can sense the annoyance of the supporters and we’ve got to try and get rid of that .

“I think that our players have been ready to play since pre-season, so we’ve just got to make sure that those grievances don’t spill over and spoil things.”


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