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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks West Bromwich Albion win and Viktor Gyökeres goalscoring form

Viktor Gyökeres' late goal sealed a last-minute win for the Sky Blues...

21 December 2022

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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks West Bromwich Albion win and Viktor Gyökeres goalscoring form

Viktor Gyökeres' late goal sealed a last-minute win for the Sky Blues...

21 December 2022

Mark Robins praised the Sky Blues' hard-fought performance which saw them earn a late win against West Bromwich Albion.

The Sky Blues left it late, as Viktor Gyokeres won a penalty in stoppage time and stepped up to take it, scoring his 11th goal of the season.

The win against West Brom moves City within one point of the play-off places heading into Christmas.

Reflecting on the game, Robins spoke of how proud he was of his side, as they bounced back from Saturday's draw with Swansea with, what he described, an 'outstanding' performance.

On the performance against West Brom…

“I think tonight was outstanding from start to finish.

“In the first half I thought we were absolutely brilliant and then in the second half they had more of the ball which you expect as they’ve got good players.

"The changes that they made in the second half then made it more difficult and we almost lost a goal as Gustavo got cramp trying to move the ball out wide to [Jonathan] Panzo and then we lose it and Ben Sheaf makes the tackle, I might be doing Callum Doyle a disservice there.

“The players know they’re capable of scoring goals and Viktor [Gyökeres] has had a couple of sighters at goal and the keeper’s made a decent save and another where he’s got a lot of goal to hit and the keeper made another decent save but the runs he makes and when he gets into those positions there’s only generally one outcome.

“He’s done it again and they’ve fouled him in the penalty area but not only that there were other players with sighters at goal, Gustavo [Hamer] was unlucky with one palmed over the bar and Callum O’Hare in the first half.

“There were some really good blocks and one or two times for a bit of emergency defending but not too much of that and we used the ball really well against a resolute team who make you move the ball and you need to find space."

 

On the landscape of the Championship table…

“I think the performances have warranted people getting excited but when we don’t perform to a level, yes, it’s frustrating and it’s something we can get angry about, but I said on Saturday the anger is a wasted emotion, it’s about finding a way to get through it.

"In training the players were really bright and they started off well tonight, so it was one of the best performances I’ve seen this season, that’s certain.

"We go onto the next one and we’ll get ready now for what’s a tough game against Sheffield United, we’re taking loads of supporters ourselves, on Boxing Day, so we can go up there with lots of confidence to go and play a game against them as they're flying high near the top of the league.”

 

On bouncing back from the Swansea City match…

“To come back and lose against Reading, when we didn’t deserve to, and to concede three goals at home when we’ve kept all the clean sheets we have, you expect us to go and win that but expectations shouldn’t be going through the roof.

“On Saturday, we conceded three goals and I couldn’t sleep on Saturday night but we had a long meeting on Monday to put it to bed and it was a learning meeting and it’s easy because we’ve kept a clean sheet and we’ve learnt from that.

“The noise was incredible and I thought it was a bit flat on Saturday which is unusual for us and, again, that’s not a criticism, it’s just what happened and I think it affected everybody in the stadium and it then unfolded and it became difficult to stop it.”

 

On the shape of the squad…

“What we’ve got is a really good bunch of players and the ones that aren’t in there regularly are going to have to work to get in there and we’re going to have to work with them to get them there.

“We’ve got to keep talking and communicating because the backline doesn’t do that too well but they’ve done well tonight, including Ben [Wilson], and we’ve been unlucky not to score more tonight against a side that have won five on the bounce prior to tonight.

"I thought we were outstanding with the intensity of the play and we haven’t played, whereas other teams have big enough squads to play during the break and we’ve said that word unprecedented an unprecedented amount of time because it’s right, we all have different situations and we have to make the best of those and it’s been difficult.”


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