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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins QPR Reaction

A narrow defeat to the Hoops...

22 January 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins shared his frustration at the result, despite his side's valiant performance.

After trailing at the half, to Andre Gray’s early opener, City found themselves on level terms through Jordan Shipley’s thunder strike from Todd Kane’s corner, just after the second half restart.

The Sky Blues battled against 4th-placed Rangers, looking the more likely to grab the game’s next goal, until Albert Adomah latched onto Chris Willock’s cross to gift the R’s the win.

Mark Robins says he was pleased with the display and admits beating teams like QPR is City’s next progression.

“Rubbish result, brilliant performance, I should be coming out here talking about how good we are and in fairness we were brilliant from start to finish.

“A couple moments cost us, the second one we switched off. The first one was a counter-attack which really should never have gone anywhere near us, but he found the back of the net and that’s what you pay your money for because in the final third they showed their quality.

“Willock is a really top player, we didn’t give him any space or room for anything and then he’s involved in the final act, where Adomah’s got in behind our defenders and we have to deal with that better.

"It can’t really happen and it puts us behind in a game where we’ve come back with an unbelievable goal by Shippers. It was a brilliant goal, Todd Kane’s seen that and picked him out, fantastic strike and it’s worthy of winning any game.

“We’ve got to then try and make the next step against the teams that are at the top, we’ve come short against West Brom, we’ve come short today but we shouldn’t be talking about it because the performance was absolutely magnificent.

“I’m disappointed with the result, but I’ve got to say the performance was absolutely magnificent."

After Shipley’s equaliser, the game was brought to a stop to attend to the medical emergency of a steward.

Thankfully, the steward is recovering well and Robins spoke of his delight that the Steward is now ok having received treatment.

“Thankfully the steward is okay, but the break in play just after the goal just flattened things, obviously it’s so good that he’s okay, but it flattened things off a little bit for us, no disrespect meant because the priority is people’s health and well-being, so he’s back up and running and that’s great to hear.

“On the back of their goal we tried to get the winner and we were in great positions, even early on in the game where Jamie has been played through a couple of times.

"His first touch is away from goal in the first one and the second one he gets the shot blocked a little, but we looked like we could go on and score and win the game handsomely.

“We played some brilliant football and opened them up times at will but then we have to be more clinical and we talk about that all the time.

"Waggy’s come on and he’s in a great position with his left foot, probably in a week or two he takes that with his right foot and scores and it’s difficult because I’m not being critical, but we’ve got to score and take the chances, they are our chances that we get and we’ve got to take them.”


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