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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Stoke City Reaction

Read the manager's thoughts after the final whistle...

7 May 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins praised his side’s excellent footballing performance, despite drawing 1-1 to Stoke City.

After securing a 12th-placed finish this season, Sky Blues manager Mark Robins took time to look back on what’s been a marvellous campaign for the club.

Firstly, Robins reflected on the match versus Stoke and shared his delight at City's hard-fought performance.

“Story of the season with missed chances, however, I’ve got to say we’re outstanding, especially the first-half.” Robins started.

“We’ve looked at stats of concern and too often in a game we’re on top and we don’t take our chances, but we take one brilliant chance, they have one chance and then all the pressure is on us and they have a breakaway and score and that rocks us a little bit.

“There’s work to be done there and we know that, there is that trend where we concede and concede again in clusters of goals.

“The football is breath-taking, it’s outstanding and the chances we create against a Stoke team who are right up there in terms of players and spend, really good staff here and some top players in the team and to do that on their own patch is absolutely outstanding.”

“We’ve got to be happy but not totally and we know where we need to improve and if we can improve it we will do, but we’ve improved so much, to get to twelfth position in this league is fantastic. The players need to take a look at it and be pleased with it because some of the football is outstanding.

“I think we can reflect positively on what we’ve done this season and no one needs to get carried away but we’re backed by unbelievable support and that makes a huge difference so long may that continue, so thank you to everyone that paid their hard-earned to come watch us.

At the end of the match, the travelling Sky Blues fans gave academy lad Jordan Shipley a touching send-off, in what appears to wrap up his time with the club, and Robins has confirmed that an undisclosed club have come in for the midfielder’s services.

“I think potentially there’s a bid been accepted and I’ve had a conversation with Jordan and at this moment he’d like to go.

“There is still room for changes of heart but I’ve got to do things that are going to free up things for us and to look after people that have been brilliant for us over five years because he’s played an unbelievable part in the rise from League Two.

“It certainly wasn’t a sentimental thing because he’s capable, so if it is, it’s a fitting send off because he had a really good game and was involved in a lot of the good things we did today.”

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