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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Stoke City Preview

Robins reflected on the 2021/22 season...

6 May 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins reflected on what he describes as a brilliant season for his side, as they get set to play their final league game of the 2021/22 campaign.

City travel to the bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City in their final fixture, with kick-off scheduled for 12:30pm on the last day of the season.

Reflecting on a second year in England’s second tier, Robins spoke about a ‘really positive season’ for his Sky Blues side.

“It’s been a brilliant season.” Robins said.

“All the season tickets we’ve sold and every fan that has come to a game and followed us all over the country, it has been phenomenal support and we’re really grateful for it.

“The work that has gone on here, everyone has been fantastic the staff have been brilliant and we’re all pulling in the same direction.

“We all try and put the best product we can on the pitch and there have been some good responses in terms of performances and growth in individuals and now we just look to finish off in a positive way.

“Last weekend is tinged with some regret because we didn’t get the result, we wanted to against a decent Huddersfield team.

“But when you look back, you can look at some negatives, but overall it’s been a really positive season for us and on we’re on 63 points now before the last game, it’s a vast improvement on last season in terms of where we are and where the season has gone.”

City take on Michael O’Neill’s side tomorrow afternoon and when asked about if he has one eye on next season when it comes to team selection, this is what Robins had to say.

“There will be certain considerations taken into account, I have to look at that.

“We will pick a team that will reflect what we’re trying to do and what we’re trying to achieve and what we want to do on the day in terms of tactics.

“Matty Godden will be available, he’s trained, but only for one day, but he will be available from the bench I would imagine.

“We will look who comes in and make sure everyone is in good health and then continue our preparation.”

Whilst Robins discussed one eye on next season in terms of squad selection for the weekend, he also spoke about the upcoming transfer window and whether there will be any early business done at the club.

“There maybe one, two or three that are ready to drop, but then you’re at the mercy of other people, but we haven’t put timescales on it.

“We know what we want to do, there’s still some things up in the air but those things will come, there’s a lot of plate spinning.

“When things settle, they start to become clearer, you know what you need, but there wont be any rushing and we know what areas we need to strengthen.

“I have spoken to the board, who have been supportive as usual, and I can plow on and get on with things and then we will see what happens down the line.

“You never know what might happen, but you always plan for eventualities, and we will cross bridge when and if they come, but not expecting anything really.

“You always think one or two may make enquiries about one or two of our players, but we will deal with them when they arise.”


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