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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Sheffield United Preview

The Gaffer looks ahead to the weekend's meeting...

11 March 2022

The Sky Blues welcome Sheffield United to the Coventry Building Society Arena this weekend and City boss Mark Robins is aware of the threat the former Premier League side possess.

The Blades were relegated from the top-flight last season and in recent weeks they have shown their experience as they have risen into the Championship’s top six.

However, despite an upturn in results, Robins is hoping to pick up maximum points this weekend and in the other two fixtures before the international break.

“We’re disappointed with the last two games because we’ve set targets for the five game block and we’re just off that pace at the moment, so we have to try pick them up in the next three games.

“Two of them are at home against Sheffield United and Hull which will be two tough games and then we have Derby next Saturday who are fighting for their lives at the other end.

“We have to try and get maximum points from these games if we can do and then look at the performance levels and see if we can eek out those points.”

Sheffield United possess the Championship’s all-time leading goalscorer in their ranks, who also happens to be their top scorer this season as well.

“Sheffield United have a squad full of quality and they’ve got the Championship’s all-time leading scorer in their ranks and he scores goals and that’s what he’s done his whole career Billy Sharp.

“Morgan Gibbs-White is a Premier League player and all the other lads have been in the Premier League for the last two years, so they’ve had that experience and those are the challenges we face, but we look forward to it and hopefully we can put in a good performance.”

There was also an update from the medical room, with an update on the fitness of Jake Bidwell who missed Tuesday’s game with Luton after picking up a knock against Swansea City the week before.

“Jake is going to London today to see a radiologist this morning and there’s some better news on that because it looks like it’s less severe than we thought.

“After conversations between the physiotherapist and radiologist things look more promising and hopefully that can be backed up once we get the results of his scans.”

Although there wasn’t the same positive news for Jodi Jones and Dom Hyam, who also look set to miss this weekend’s visit of Sheffield United.

“Jodi Jones has had a scan and he has to have an orthopedic opinion on a situation on his knee, where he has some swelling which may require some attention.

“We’re also still missing Dom. He has to complete his protocol and once that’s done, he can come back in and we’re just waiting for that to happen and as soon as he passes that he can come back in.”

Robins also revealed that Todd Kane has been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks, but he was getting closer in the last outing on Tuesday.

“Todd has been playing with an injury.” Robins said.

“He’s played through it and through the pain and from my point of view defensively he was better on Tuesday, but attacking we’re still looking for more from him in certain areas and that bit of nouse  he has and the quality he has from his crossing, even though he put in an unbelievable ball for Maatsen at the end against Luton and Maats was unlucky not to finish that.”


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