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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Bristol City, clean sheet and four unbeaten

The Sky Blues picked up a well-deserved point on the road at Ashton Gate…

4 October 2022


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Bristol City, clean sheet and four unbeaten

The Sky Blues picked up a well-deserved point on the road at Ashton Gate…

4 October 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins commended his side’s defensive showing which saw them record their third consecutive clean sheet in the Championship and extend their unbeaten run to four matches.

Coventry played out a hard-fought draw on the road against Bristol City on Tuesday night, with both sides having chances to win the game.

Speaking to the assembled media at full-time, Robins praised his side's defensive performance that helped them to secure an impressive point on the road.

On the performance…

“It was a tough game. I think they're a strong opponent, really. I think they’re a good side, and they make runs off the back of you, and if you switch off at any moment the pace of the team is frightening. 

“We defended brilliantly. There were a lot of crosses, but we defended them really well.

"We created some decent opportunities for ourselves and, maybe with a little bit of luck, we could’ve gone on and won the game.

“They had their chances, it was a bit basketball-like, but it was a good point."

On Viktor Gyokeres' chances...

“He scored from a very similar chance on Saturday. He's in a confident vain of form and I think you can see the disappointment that he hasn't got a goal. 

“He's brute force; he's so powerful. Matty Godden is in a great position to receive the ball, Tyler Walker was in a good position to receive one too, but you can't criticise anybody for shooting. 

“You've got to try and score and you've got to take the chance. If you're going to take the shot, you've got to take the chance and we didn’t, but again, no criticism from me. 

“I think we have to accept that that's what it is; that's how Vik sees the game at the moment. I think we can show him bits and pieces but I don't want to detract from what he does, because he's so good and he's so powerful. 

“I think we should have had a goal. Matty’s header from the corner was going into the top corner and I think Williams has diverted it onto Atkinson on the line, and then it has come off the crossbar.

"It's definitely diverted, and that can be a disappointment for us."

On City's defensive showing...

“They're a good team, like I said. Nigel [Pearson] is a really experienced manager. He’s done this job for a lot of years and he has taken teams into the Premier League.

“He has got a really strong group and it's another game where we manage to keep a clean sheet. We haven't scored tonight but four points from two games is a decent return, really.

“We kept the ball well from time to time and we took the pressure off ourselves, because these are really good pressing team with a load of energy.

“Overall, we'll take the clean sheet. I think it was important, as much as anything else. We would’ve loved the three points here, we got three points here last season, but we were probably in a little bit of a better place then."

The latest on Liam Kelly and Callum O'Hare...

“It will not be too long now with Liam Kelly and Callum O’Hare, and hopefully we can keep everybody else healthy, and hopefully we can welcome them back into the team as quickly as we possibly can do.

"We need that. We need the bodies as quickly as we possibly can.”

Looking ahead to Burnley...

“I don't think the supporters will be thinking anything other than it's a really good game and one that they can come to and get right behind the lads again. I think it’ll be a good game!

“Burnley have got some top players, there's no doubt about that.

"Obviously, we know Ian Maatsen, and we know what they tried to take Callum O'Hare away from us in the summer, and that's what clubs try to do but we managed to hold onto him."

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