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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Southampton Reaction

Gaffer's thoughts after a close cup tie...

5 February 2022

Mark Robins praised his side for a outstanding display against Southampton as his side lost out late on in the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Mark Robins applauded City, as they battled Premier League outfit Southampton all the way into the final minutes of extra-time.

The Sky Blues boss raved of his side’s performance, but admits a his side could’ve been victorious on another occasion.

“They were absolutely magnificent, the only tinge of disappointment and sadness is that we didn’t manage to take that all the way to the end.

"We had unbelievable play and first half we were magnificent, we were on top for most of it which is testament to them, they’ve moved the ball really well and the surface was brilliant for us.

“We grew in confidence in a really difficult game with a lot of defending to do and blocks things off and press because their press is unbelievable and they were outstanding, it’s the best performance we’ve had since I’ve been here.

“We put them under enormous amounts of pressure and you can see they had to bring all the big guns on to take the game away and they just managed to do it and that’s the disappointment.

"For our supporters and us today it was a brilliant game it's just tinged with a bit of sadness because with the work they put in they deserved to take that all the way to the end, probably penalties."

Reflecting on the match, Robins admits that had the Sky Blues been presented with a bit of luck, they could’ve been in the hat for the next round.

“We were so unlucky, the keepers made two or three worldies at the end and I’m thinking we’ve managed to get it back to 2-2.

"Waggy’s just strayed offside, it wouldn’t have gone in if he hadn’t touched it, but the keeper has made unbelievable saves there, we just needed to stick it in the back of the net.

“I’ve got to say, Vik’s lead the line brilliantly, the lads at the back are outstanding.

"Mooro’s disappointed he didn’t get to that first one (he joked) you could’ve had two keepers in there and it would’ve still gone in, he’s hit it perfectly and that’s what it took for them to get back into the game, that’s the quality we came up against.

“The second goal was disappointing because we didn’t defend it well enough and let him come inside, Toddy let him come inside on his right, but having said that Toddy has put in a couple of crosses in, unbelievable couple of crosses.

"Their keeper has done really well on, one that Jake Clarke-Salter has got one back and the keepers managed to gather.

“Let’s be fair they started off with top players and their squad is really good and there’s a mixture of really good experience and really good young players and we saw that.

“It was a brilliant game for us to be involved in, we can take loads of positives, the only thing for us is to recover for Tuesday night and there’s a lot of tired bodies in there."


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