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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Swansea City Preview

Gaffer eyes up Swansea clash…

4 March 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to tomorrow’s trip to the Swansea.com Stadium, against a side he admits will pose his side a different challenge.

Earlier in the season when the two sides met, it was the Swans who came away with the three points, after scoring two goals early on in the first half.

Robins has reflected on that outing last time out against Russell Martin’s side and is hoping to ‘implement a game plan to disrupt and cause Swansea problems’.

“They’re a good team and they do hurt you if you get things wrong majorly and we’ve got the understanding of what they do from the game at the Arena earlier on in the season.” Robins said.

“We didn’t start the game particularly well, but it was a decent performance but ultimately we were 2-0 down before we knew it and then Kyle McFadzean scoring from a set play in the second-half was the only thing that we got to show for it.

“They’ve got some young players and some with experience, like most teams in the division, and they’re a difficult side to play against.

“I’ve said before Russell, in both jobs he’s had, likes to keep the ball and that’s not going to be any different I don’t suppose, so we have to implement a game plan to disrupt that and that causes problems of our own."

As Robins mentioned, Martin’s side have consistently edge possession in their games in the Championship this season, as they to play, what Robins calls ‘good football’.

“We’re playing a team tomorrow that plays good football and have a way of doing things.

“As football people, we admire everybody because it’s a tough job, different styles of playing and different ways of doing things within a style is always interesting and these tomorrow are exactly that and it adds to a specific challenge over the next few games.

“We know they try and put you in difficult positions, they always have more possession than the opponent, so that’s something we may have to take, but that isn’t new for us.

“Playing away we need to dominate the ball at different times, and we need to capitalise on that and know what we need to do to get a result.

“There are teams that have done really well against and teams that haven’t against them, they’re that sort of team at the moment.”

City come into the game off the back of a first midweek spell without a fixture in almost five weeks, but the next block of fixtures before the international break is now upon us.

“We gave them an extra bit of rest and then a bit of work when they came in to try and get them ready for it all because it starts again now.

“We have fives games in this block until the international break, so it was a good chance to do both.”


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