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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Watford win, Viktor Gyökeres' goal, and Jack Burroughs' debut

Viktor Gyökeres' strike gave the Sky Blues all three points...

5 November 2022

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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Watford win, Viktor Gyökeres' goal, and Jack Burroughs' debut

Viktor Gyökeres' strike gave the Sky Blues all three points...

5 November 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins gave his assessment on a well-deserved win against Watford thanks to a Viktor Gyokeres goal.

The Sky Blues faced a tough test against promotion hopefuls Watford but rose to the challenge against a side laced with top quality.

Gyökeres' finish five minutes after the restart was enough to ensure City left Vicarage Road with all three points.

Speaking to the media after the game, Robins said:

On the win against Watford…

“I thought we were good value for the win playing against a side that are at a Premier League speed, the game moves really quickly and we had to move equally quick to try and condense the space and shut their chances down to a minimum. 

“You always know they’re going to have plenty of chances on the ball but I thought we were really good and, more than that, I thought we looked a real threat.

“When we won the ball back, Viktor [Gyökeres] was a real threat and it gave us an unbelievable platform to build on and we could’ve been two up in the first part of the game but we didn’t take those chances and you always think there may be a sting in the tail and you expect them to come into the game at some point.

“The game followed the same script all the way through the 90 minutes and I thought we kept plugging away and our use of the ball was really good at times, we were certainly a threat on the counter-attack.

“The goal that won it was an outstanding goal. Jamie Allen put a ball of quality into the box and Vik’s finish was brilliant, and it was nothing short of what we deserved, it was a brilliant performance.

“Five clean sheets on the bounce away from home and we keep setting records and the players deserve an enormous amount of credit.

“The supporters got louder and louder all game and drowned the Watford fans’ noise out and it felt like a home game in the end.

“Make no mistake, it’s a hard-fought win because they’re a top side, we had the better quality chances through that first half and we kept their quality of chances down.

“I don’t think they had really clear-cut opportunities, they had one in the first half that was offside, so it didn’t matter, and we moved pretty well but the chance came about because we didn’t get things right in the middle of the park and they opened things up, so it gave us a little bit of a warning.

“We kept playing with calm heads and we moved the ball really well. I thought we were really good against a top team, there’s no doubt."

On Viktor Gyökeres' winning goal...

“There was a ball down the side to Jamie, he's put a brilliant quality ball in behind the defence and then you’ve got Vik running onto it and all he’s got to do is get good contact on it and he’s hit the corner of the net and the goalkeeper has no chance of saving it and that’s what he deserved.

“He had a couple of chances in the first-half that you expect him to hit the back of the net, the first one especially because it was right there in front of him and it whistled past the post, it must’ve been close."

On the impact of the substitutes...

“You worry about their energy levels, Kasey [Palmer] was running out of energy, and Jamie Allen I thought was running out, so he came off in the end and we tried to go for it and get another striker on the pitch to try and give Watford another problem.

“Tyler [Walker] worked hard as well and Callum O’Hare came on and made a difference and Todd [Kane] came on at wing-back and the reason for the changes in the first instance was that we had a few on bookings and you’re trying to keep them on the field until after the QPR game but that’s very difficult to say to them don’t get booked."

On full-debutant Jack Burroughs…

“Jack Burroughs came in and did fantastically well. What a place to come in and do it, one of the most difficult places in the division and he’s done very well.

“There’s no doubt about his physicality, it’s unbelievable, he was out on loan with Ross County last year and he got games there and he’s played in big atmospheres as well, he’s played games against Rangers and Celtic, it was a great experience for him.

“At 22 years of age, he came in at the start of the season and said he wanted to stay around if he had a chance and I told him to stick around and opportunities will come and it's proven that way today.

“A young player from the academy and that's what it’s all about, he’s done really well today, it gives us another option.”

On the current state of play in the Championship...

“We’ve got to keep going. This year is very tight and we can be really happy with our afternoon’s work but we’ve got to get back to it because there’s another big game on Tuesday."


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