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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks QPR, injury update and Maddison and Wilson

The City boss looks ahead to this weekend's clash...

11 November 2022


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks QPR, injury update and Maddison and Wilson

The City boss looks ahead to this weekend's clash...

11 November 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking to finish the month of action off on a high when his side entertain Queens Park Rangers this weekend.

City come into the game off the back of three wins on the bounce, something they will be looking to extend at the Coventry Building Society Arena tomorrow.

A win would see City close the gap on QPR, who occupy the final spot in the play-off places, to just two points.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Robins looked ahead to tomorrow’s fixture, as well as running through the injuries in his squad and the recent international call-ups for Sky Blues Academy Graduates, Callum Wilson and James Maddison.


Ending on a high before the World Cup break…

“Listening to their manager’s comments, they’re looking to do the same thing going into the break.

“Regardless, it’s been a really positive run of games, but we would like to get the three points tomorrow obviously.

“It’s been a really good turnaround in terms of performances and points we’ve picked up and there’s been some brilliant play and some luck along the way, but primarily it’s been because we’ve been doing the right things mostly and we will have to do the same thing tomorrow.

“We’re going to have to raise it, because this is another opponent that are on another level as well.

“We have to make sure we’re right on it and then we can make sure we go into this break in really good shape and look forward to the resumption of things.”


Facing QPR this weekend…

“They’re a really good side and Michael Beale has gone in there and stamped his mark there in the first few months.

“He’s building as squad, and they have a lot of good players who know the club inside out. Ilias Chair is one that springs to mind, as is Willock and Lyndon Dykes and they’ve come in and performed really well.

“Whoever he plays in those front positions are a threat and they have strength and power behind the attackers, and they play in a way which is similar to Liverpool and the way Jurgen Klopp set out in the early days.

“Tactically out of possession they work really hard, and they try and press when they can and if you give them time and space they’ll hurt you, so we have to be ready for any threat.

“Obviously, Jake Clarke-Salter is one of them and whether he plays or not I don’t know, but he was brilliant for us last year, he came in and performed really well for us.”


Viktor Gyokeres’ form…

“He is priceless. I think everyone talks about whether you can keep hold of people but let’s just enjoy everyone while we have them and get on with things.

“There’s too much time spoken about whether we can keep hold of people, but truth is at some point, all players move on, staff move on and in the meantime let’s just enjoy it

“The supporters are the one constant and we’re trying to please them and make sure they’re happy and they reciprocate and that’s why things work so well.”


Injury update…

“Rosey (Michael Rose) we will look at today, he’s not too bad and I think he feels a bit better than he did the other day, so we will make a decision on him today, but other than that were in decent health now.

“Kells (Liam Kelly) came through training fine. I will have a chat with him today before I make a firm decision on what’s happening with the squad.

“He came through training well like I said, and he looked really sharp and with him you know he’s put all the work in and it’s just a case of him getting back into practice.

“Hopefully if they (Martyn Waghorn and Fankaty Dabo) do their work, they should be okay for the Spain trip.

“They’re in good spirits because they know they’re ahead of the curve so hopefully they will be back for then.”


England call-ups for Callum Wilson and James Maddison…

“That is something we can associate with ourselves with days gone by.

“Callum Wilson was here the first time I was here in 2012 and he had a lot of injuries at that point, and I think he only played a cameo role up at Carlisle.

“He’s had an unbelievable career since then, for Coventry City, Bournemouth and now at Newcastle mad obviously with England.

“Then James Maddison is a mercurial talent and I’m delighted he’s in the squad.

“I think he’s been a brilliant player for many seasons and thankfully he’s getting that recognition again and thankfully he’s in the squad and rightfully so in my opinion.

“He’s a top, top player and he’s performing really well at Leicester, and he looks like a stand out player again.”

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