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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Walsall Reaction

Gaffer gives his thoughts after three-goal win…

19 July 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins reflected on a pleasing performance in warm weather conditions as his side walked away 3-0 victors against Walsall.

With the weather always on the mind in the build up to the match, the heat was bound to play a part in City’s pre-season clash at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Nevertheless, the Sky Blues eased to a well-worked win with goals from Kasey Palmer, Josh Eccles, and Fabio Tavares rounding off the night.

Mark Robins looked back on the evening’s events and took into account the factor of the warm weather.

“I think we’ve done well to get through the game and that’s both sets of players with the drinks breaks around twenty-two minutes in.” Robins began.

“It was really uncomfortably hot and you could see that, it’s ridiculous, so I’m pleased we’ve got people through.

“Fadz has been off for a couple of days, so to come back into it and not doing too much training before he played the game always affects people and certainly him because he needs the rhythm and that was a little bit broken.”

Goalless at half-time, the Sky Blues got into the goalscoring mood in the second half and Robins shared his delight at the three strikes as well as certain individual performances.

“Three really good goals, some good football played and we controlled it for a lot of the game as you’d expect.

“We were a little bit sloppy and they had quite a few chances and should’ve taken the lead, Timmy Abraham had a couple of chances and shots from long range, but it was the block on the line from Callum Doyle that kicked us into a gear a little bit.

“We defended well, Josh Eccles showed some unbelievable quality to score his goal and likewise with Fabio, it was a great bit of movement between him and Tyler Walker and the passing interchange was really clever and opened the goal up for Fabio and he finished really well.

“Josh Eccles played in a couple of positions today and Kasey Palmer got seventy-five minutes under his belt and you can tell he’s still not there yet, but he’s going to take time. I’ve said that before and you can see that.

“[Kasey] did some really good things and then some things that aren’t so good, but he’s going to get better and better.

“But the fact he can do what he did and sat the defender down and stick it in the back of the net was a brilliant move and the calmness and quality to put it in the back of the net was brilliant and that came after Doyle had thrown his body on the line and blocked a certain goal, that’s what you need to do from time to time."

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