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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reacts to Portsmouth win

Viktor Gyokeres and Jonathan Panzo were on target for the Sky Blues...

23 July 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins was pleased to come away from Fratton Park with victory in his sides final pre-season fixture.

Goals from Viktor Gyokeres and Jonathan Panzo were enough on the day as City made it seven from seven wins in pre-season.

Looking back on the game, Robins told of how he was looking for more from his side in the first half but was pleased with the way they reacted after the break.

“It was a little bit laboured first half, I don’t think we moved the ball around well enough and we gave them opportunities to come and press," he said.

“They’re a physical side which is what you expect from Danny [Cowley]’s teams, their difficult to play against and hard to beat.

“I wanted to see more from dynamism in the middle of the park from us, we didn’t start with it, but it happened later on, but really, we have to solve problems when teams do that to us.

“Second half we had last ditched defending and there was too much of it, but we did it really well, we got our bodies in the way and there were some brilliant saves from Simon.

“We then managed to take the lead when we got a foot hold of the game and that was for a couple of reasons.

“They got tired, and they were two against three in the middle of the park and we kept the ball well and there were less turnovers of play and we got higher up the pitch to create more chances.

“But it was brilliant to keep another clean sheet against a good team that are hard to beat.”

The attention now turns to next weekend, as City travel to the Stadium of Light for their Championship curtain raiser.

Sunderland head into the game off the back of promotion to the second tier and Robins is looking forward to the test on the opening day.

“There’s a lot to think about and a lot to consider and it’s a different kettle of fish going up to Sunderland," he added.

“The practicing is over, and we go into the real work next season, which we’re all looking forward to because pre-season is about trying to get fitness and one or two problems you may have you’re trying to work out, but it’s early days.

“The first game of the season is always interesting, it’s a tough one for us, on a Sunday 12pm kick off, live on Sky, but one we can all look forward to.”

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