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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Sheffield United defeat and Callum O'Hare injury

City were beaten at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day...

26 December 2022


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Sheffield United defeat and Callum O'Hare injury

City were beaten at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day...

26 December 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is "fearing the worst but hoping for the best" as the Club await news on midfielder Callum O'Hare.

O'Hare was forced off after just two minutes into the game, following an awkward landing after going up for header.

Goals from James McAtee, Ciaran Clark and Tommy Doyle were enough to ensure Viktor Gyokeres’ second-half strike was only a consolation, after the Swede saw a spot-kick saved beforehand.

Reflecting after the game, Robins gave his thoughts on the game as well as addressing the injury to O’Hare.

In reflection on the game…

“I think we dominated the game,” Robins said.

“I was pleased with it, I thought we were good. Then as it went on, we started to turn the ball over too much.

“The first goal was poor from our perspective because we do that to teams, and we didn’t lock that in well enough and we gave them too much space.

“We allowed them space and time and they hurt us and the way they broke through wasn’t ideal for us and we didn’t do our jobs properly.

“We tried to get back and Jamie Allen was in a good position but just couldn’t adjust his feet and then as soon as McAtee comes inside, he takes the goal well.

“The second one is a set play, and we defend them really well but when you have a technician like Oliver Norwood, he puts the ball in the penalty area and it opens the goal up and they’re itching to get a head on it.”

Chances the Sky Blues couldn’t take…

“If you look at the chances we’ve had, we’ve had a similar ball into the box for Panzo and then we’ve had the penalty miss and then it took Viktor too long to get back into the game because he was trying too hard if there is such a thing.

“He scored a brilliant goal but before that we had chance from Gus with a free kick and that was moving all over the place and the ‘keeper has made a good save.

“We had two chances from Martyn Waghorn and one of them was a great ball in from Dabo and for all the world that should nestle in the far corner, but he just didn’t get it right.

“He said to me coming off the pitch do you think I should have had another touch but I said no I thought he was going to volley it into the back of the net.”

Disappointed not to come away with anything…

“We got into some really good positions and used it really well.

“We had some good opportunities, we just haven’t taken them and the score line is harsh I think and doesn’t reflect the game.

“I still felt like we could’ve got something from the game, even at 3-0 down and when they had a man sent off.

“From our point of view we’re disappointed and I think early on in the game when we lost Callum O’Hare that had an effect on the game as well.”

Assessing Callum’s injury…

I’m fearing the worst for Callum but hoping for the best.

“I think it’s the way he landed. Fingers crossed really. My thought is that if you fear for the worst and hope for the best then you might get the best, but he’s down as you would expect but he’s really resilient.

“It’s a big miss for us in this game so hopefully we get some better news but as I said I’ll fear for the worst and hope for the best.

“We will deal with whatever the outcome is and make sure he has the best course of action that we can take moving forward as soon as we have that news.”

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