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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Luton Town Reaction

Gaffer's thoughts after Luton game...

8 March 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins shared his frustrations after what he felt was a positive performance, despite coming away from the game defeated.

A goal moments before half-time from Elijah Adebayo was enough to see the Hatters walk away with all three points.

Mark Robins commended his team’s performance, but admits the Sky Blues were missing a cutting edge to take what they deserved from the match.

“I’m not disappointed with the performance, just the result, I felt we had plenty of it and we created enough to win that game and played well enough.” Robins began.

“I think we were really unlucky, they beat us up there when we lost in the 5-0 game but as poor of a performance we had down there I thought we had a really strong performance tonight and had some really good clear-cut chances, but just didn’t manage to take one of them.

“I was saying to the players in the dressing room, it’s a difficult one because, on the one hand, the performance is really good and we deserved something out of the game, we deserved to win the game, let alone draw it, so to lose it is a right kick in the teeth.

“I think we’ve worked really hard and kept their chances to a minimum, the goal they scored was a poor goal, it’s got to be dealt with in the first instance, but [Adebayo] gets his opportunity and scores from a really narrow angle. I’ve not seen it back, but it just looked a really poor goal and from our perspective.

“We were really in the ascendancy in the first half and they didn’t really have any answers for us, but one long ball and we’re 1-0 down against the run of play which is difficult to take and they throw their bodies in there and try and hit us for the rest of the game."

On a positive note, Robins raved of midfield duo Jamie Allen and Gustavo Hamer's performances, whilst also spurring on the efforts of the striking trio at the top end of the pitch.

“There were some good performances tonight, the two midfield players, Jamie Allen and Gustavo, were phenomenal and we created a load of opportunities, but just didn’t manage to take them and that seems to be something we say too often, but that is where we are at, it’s frustrating.

“The two midfield players were outstanding tonight, Gus and Jamie. Gus has driven through and picked out a great little movement for Vik, perfect you think to score for him and the ‘keeper saves it and those are the things that turn the game.

“We’ve not had that much chance to play three up-front with injuries, with illness, with Matty Godden being out for the best part of eight weeks and Waggy being out for eight weeks at some point in the season, Vik’s led the line and taken the weight for most of it.

“We started off really bright, all three of them, Waggy’s in a slightly different deeper role but both he and Matty Godden linked up really well in the second half and the same at Swansea when they played together.

"You can see they’ve got that understanding, but they haven’t got that rhythm yet, neither of them have been able to get going, so looking for that.”


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