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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Burnley, talks different challenges and provides injury update

The Sky Blues face Clarets this weekend...

7 October 2022


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Burnley, talks different challenges and provides injury update

The Sky Blues face Clarets this weekend...

7 October 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins says he is under no illusion that his side will face a tough challenge when they take on Burnley at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

City come up against a Burnley side who were recently relegated from the Premier League, and have adjusted well to life back in the Championship.

However, the Sky Blues come into the game off the back of three consecutive clean sheets and have remained unbeaten in their last four outings.


Robins is looking forward to what he had predicted will be an "interesting game", speaking to the media on Friday about the Clarets, Ian Maatsen's returning to Coventry, the challenges he and his side faces and providing an update on the fitness of midfielders Callum O’Hare and Liam Kelly.

Tomorrow’s challenge against Burnley…

“The clean sheets have been welcome, the performances have been okay and have been improving and the result on Saturday was a really good one and then to get the clean sheet on the back of that at Bristol City, but that’s gone and it’s about what we do next now against a top opposition tomorrow.

“There’s Premier League quality there and we understand that they have a possession based game, where they try to have the ball and move you into positions you don’t want to be in and if you allow them to do that then it will be a long afternoon.

“We have to try and impose our game on theirs as well at some point in the game when we can, and I think it will an interesting game and a really good one tomorrow.

“Like I said, they’re a side who are full of quality and they have a lot of pace and without a doubt they’re one of the better sides in the division, but you look at it and each team has their own weaknesses and we have to try and find theirs and expose that whilst maintaining the integrity of ours which is always the case.

“We’re under no illusion, it’s a tough one tomorrow.”

Ian Maatsen returning to the Coventry Building Society Arena…

“He was here, and he came here to play, and he did that and the biggest accolade I can pay him, apart from him being a really good player, is that he brought into what we were doing, and he felt like our player.

“He was somebody who came and became a Coventry City player for that season, and he did really well off the back of it and we did really well with that loan as well.

“He’s moved on and you look with interest because he is a good player there’s no doubt about that and were lucky to have had him for the season that we did and of course we played a part in his development.”

Looking back on Jake Bidwell’s journey so far…

“I think he’s doing well, there’s more to come from Jake there’s no doubt about that, he’s a totally different player to Ian and he has a lot of experience at this level.

“He can cope with whatever is thrown at him and he is a top, top professional and a really nice kid and he’s one you would look at and use as an example at what he does, he came in to do his interview early because he will be in the gym now and he does everything right.

“He’s capable of scoring goals and getting assists, he’s taken time to get used to the way we work and he’s used to that now having been here just shy of 12 months.”

On facing different challenges in different games…

“The key is to get the results clearly. Different games can throw up different challenges and different opportunities and that’s the reason in the moment I make decisions based on where we’re at and where we can change things to try and win the game and if we need to, look at where we can avoid conceding goals and when you’re doing that, you’re always trying to keep an eye on the attacking side of the game.

“What I don’t want to do is to sit behind the ball and just defend, that’s a big thing for me, because the supporters don’t want to sit and watch the team defend for 90 minutes, you have to try and find a way of attacking opponents.

“Sometimes when you’re coming up against quality or better quality in certain areas, you have to try and come up with something to enable you to do that but also to have a threat.

“That’s what you try and do and sometimes you can do whatever and a team just has a really good day with good players and that can be a tough one, like Norwich away for example.”

An update on Callum O’Hare and Liam Kelly…

“He (Callum) won’t be involved. He’s doing okay and he’s working really hard to try and get himself back into contention as quickly as he possibly can do without putting himself at risk.

“The next step for him to join in with the lads.

“Liam is working hard and he’s in full training, so now it’s just a matter of getting the work into him to be ready to go, but he’s going to need a bit more work yet.

“(On the prospect of playing for the Under-21s) That will be potentially what happens. There’s a process he’s currently going through, and he will continue on that path.”

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