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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Peterborough United Preview

City boss looking forward to tomorrow's trip...

14 January 2022

City boss Mark Robins is looking to build on last weekend’s win over Derby County ahead of tomorrow’s trip to the Weston Homes Stadium.

The Sky Blues clash with Peterborough United will be their first league fixture of the New Year, after seeing their match with Luton Town postponed two weeks ago.

Heading into the game this weekend, Robins told how confidence is still high in the group and there have been plenty of positives to take.

“Confidence hasn’t been eroded if you speak to the players, they’re still buoyant.” He said.

“You can look at things and we do in detail and depth and on the face of it it tells you one thing and then that detail can tell you another, positive or negative.

“If you look for negatives you can find them, and we look for it all the time to try and put things right but also you may overlook some of the good stuff that happens in games, and I think there have been some really good performances.

“I thought Michael Rose last week was very good, coming into the middle of defence. Ben Sheaf started a little tentative on the ball, but he grew in stature and I thought he was outstanding in and out of possession and he got some confidence from that for sure.”

It will be a first trip to the Weston Homes Stadium in competitive action for the Sky Blues since 2019, the season Mark Robins side lifted the League One title.

Robins complemented the way in which Peterborough go about things on the pitch and told how it will be a difficult fixture for his side, but on they are looking to come away with all three points from.

“We’re looking forward to the games and they’re coming thick and fast. It’ll be a tough game tomorrow they’re good at home, but we have to go there to look to take the three points, but we know it will be difficult.

“They move the ball really well and they have some good young players and some good players who have experience but ultimately that’s what Darren’s teams do.

“He looks to find ways of exploiting teams weaknesses by getting bodies forward as quickly as he can do and moving the ball as well as they can.

“They’re a decent team and we have to try and exploit their weaknesses, but clearly it will be a tough game.

“They’ve picked up some decent results at home, but we are a decent team and we want to get back to doing what we do best and doing it as well as we can do.”

City will be back by around 3,000 supporters tomorrow and Robins expressed his delight by another superb backing.

“It’s brilliant, when you hear them it gives you a lift.

“They follow us as they always do and it’s great to have them and I’m sure it’s something the players will respond to.”

Elsewhere, this week Robins surpassed Gordon Strachan’s time in charge at Coventry, becoming 4th longest serving manager the club has had.

Come the end of the season, Robins could overtake Jimmy Hill in terms of games managed and he spoke briefly of his journey and the work he still wants to do here.

“I owe it to the supporters after the first time round!”

“I promised them loyalty and I hope I’m demonstrating that. I love managing here, it’s a tough job there’s no doubt about it. Any job is tough but this one in particular is a tough job.

“It’s brilliant and the support, the players, the staff and the board have been brilliant.

“There’s still loads to do in terms of developing infrastructure, there’s loads to do, we have to get into a position where we can get that sort of investment and I know there is a desire to do things and hopefully we can do that and move forward.”


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