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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Middlesbrough Reaction

The manager reflects on today's defeat...

29 January 2022

Following today’s 1-0 defeat away at Middlesbrough, Sky Blues boss Mark Robins highlighted the positives to take away from today’s trip.

It was Andraz Sporar’s 58th minute strike which was enough to earn Middlesbrough the three points, and Robins mentioned the need for his side to take their chances during the game.

“We look a really decent team, we just have to take one of our chances.” affirmed Robins.

“Kyle McFadzean’s hit the underside of the bar, if that’s a couple of centimetres lower that goes in and I think we go on and win the game.

“I think there was a move in the first half where Josh Eccles side-footed it past the post but it was an unbelievable move, you talk about goal of the season if it goes in.

“There’s a lot of positives to take, and at some point we will turn that around and we will get the results that the performances deserve.

“We’ve created some brilliant opportunities like I said, but that’s the frustration.

“We talk about the four games which we’ve just had, two wins, two defeats, there shouldn’t have been any defeats and really we should’ve been talking about three or four wins. But as it is, from last season to this, you see a massive, massive difference, which is a huge stride forward for us at this stage."

Robins also spoke about the need for City to play to their strengths in the effort to further improve on results:

“The disappointing thing is that we get it wrong once, they get into the back of our defenders and it’s close to the goalkeeper, it slides and hits the goalkeeper and it goes in. From that point on, they take the sting out of the game.

“We played into their hands a little bit by putting ourselves in a position where we can give fouls which weren’t fouls, and then we went a bit longer, a bit more direct, so really what we’ve got to do is keep playing.

“Just keep playing our way and doing what we do best, and when we do that we are a really good team. The good thing for us is that we’re getting closer all the time to the top teams, we would like to turn these results into wins and draws obviously away from home – I think that’s six games before today that we’ve been unbeaten away from home, so we’ve been on a really good run away, which we needed to do. We needed to change that away form, and we’ve done that.

“They’ve done really well since Chris [Wilder] has come in, nobody has really turned them over, they lost the other night, they’ve come here and are difficult to break down at times but we played really well. We created a lot of chances and you’ve got to take one of those chances."

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