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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reading Preview

City boss previews tomorrow's trip to Reading...

11 February 2022

The Sky Blues are back on the road this weekend, as Mark Robins side make the trip to Reading, with the City boss ‘wary’ of the threats they possess.

The Royals head into the game on the back of seven straight defeats, however, they are beginning to welcome back players from injury, as they look for an upturn in fortunes.

With a talented squad at the disposal of Veljko Paunović, Robins is expecting a difficult challenge for his side at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

“You have to be wary of a team that have a lot of good players in it.” Robins said.

“John Swift is arguably one of the best midfielders in the Championship, he is a top player and he was on the bench on Tuesday and he has come on and scored the penalty and was involved in a lot of good things.

“They’ve got Lucas João who is back from injury, who is a really good striker and not only is he big and powerful he is quick and has good feet.

“They’ve got players now who are starting to come back from long term injuries, Yakou Méïté is seemingly on the road to recovery from his cruciate knee ligament injury.

“They’ve also added Tom Ince and they’ve got top midfield players, who are powerful and if they can get their players fit with enough games left then they’re going to be ok.

“We’re not going into the game thinking about what they may be doing because the games change all the time, who knows how they’ll react.

“You know what its like in this league, you look at things like that, (seven defeats in a row) and that’s difficult for them, but if you watch the games, they’ve been unlucky and on Tuesday they were unlucky again to not got anything from it.

“All we will do is concentrate on us. We know what their threats are and try and we will look to solve some of those problems and try and cause them some of our own.”

There is a bumper crowd expected tomorrow afternoon, with the Royals celebrating their 150th anniversary against the Sky Blues.

City will also be travelling in their numbers once again, with the Sky Blue Army selling out their away allocation, with over 2,100 supporters expected.

“I think there’s going to be a big crowd tomorrow and I know we’re taking over a couple of thousand so it will be a good following from the Coventry support again and we want to put on a good performance for them again as usual, but also for ourselves and to try and pick up the three points if we can do.

“It’s brilliant knowing you have that following and the more the merrier. This club has an unbelievable away following and we appreciate that, and we want to try and put on another good performance for them.

“You look at the Southampton game, the last away performance and the noise they made and the backing they had for the team it’s really appreciated.

“They’ve been fantastic and more of the same tomorrow and we can hopefully replicate the performances against Southampton and Blackpool.”

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