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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins previews Saturday's clash and discusses injuries

City boss previews the weekend's clash...

28 October 2022


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins previews Saturday's clash and discusses injuries

City boss previews the weekend's clash...

28 October 2022

Mark Robins is looking ahead to his side’s fifth game in the space of 15 days, as they take on Blackpool this weekend.

City head into the game on the back of a run of just one defeat in their last nine games, drawing 2-2 with Rotherham United last time out.

That fixture saw the Sky Blues lose Fankaty Dabo and Martyn Waghorn to injuries and Robins addressed their fitness update.

The City boss all discussed the challenges he faces managing his squad during a busy time of fixtures, as well as analysing the Tangerines ahead of the weekend…


On a challenging period of the season…

“I think the games are in isolation, you look to build and there’s so many things in this spell that could go right or go wrong, and you just have to manage through what is a difficult period.

“You’ve got winter coming now which brings its own challenges to squads up and down the country and teams are going to get illnesses, so you’ve got that to contend with that to.

“It’s definitely a challenging time that’s for sure, but we’ve played some good football and the other night we were a bit laboured in our passing from time-to-time, but things started to get a little bit better for us when we moved the ball quicker.

“If we do that then we put teams under pressure and we did that against Rotherham who were really stubborn, they get back into defend and they do it well.”


Facing Blackpool this weekend…

“They’ve been really good, and they’ve played some really good stuff and they’ve created and took a lot of chances.

“They’ve been involved in some 3-3s against Sheffield United the other week and then the game against Burnley earlier in the season and then they’ve got Jerry Yates scoring goals, I think he has three braces in four games so he’s going to be full of confidence.

“Liam Bridcutt has come into the side and done well, he came off the other night so whether he’s available tomorrow I’m not sure, but they’ve got some goof players who have had 12 months in the division.

“We expect a really difficult game because that’s what you get every week, but if we win the game, we can go above them and that’s an incentive as well.”


Injuries to Fankaty Dabo and Martyn Waghorn…

“Both have small injuries to their hamstring and quad respectively.

“Fanky is with his quad and Waggy’s hamstring. So they will be out for a period, we’re talking longer than a few weeks.

“Then we’ve got Tyler Walker who did a clearing session yesterday and he will be training today as long as he is okay when he comes in.”


Opportunity for Todd Kane with injury to Dabo…

“Todd has done fine, he’s found his chances limited, but he came on the other night and did pretty well.

“Toddy can help us and make a big impact in games, he’s another player in the equation and he’s been in the equation all the way through and it’s just the game time he needs and craves.

“Everyone has an opportunity, and nobody should feel like they’re dead and buried and that’s definitely not how I work or how we work as a club.”


Ben Wilson’s run in the side…

“Ben has done okay. He has been part of a team that hasn’t conceded for a while and the Rotherham game was the first time in a while that had happened.

“He’s done well, and I think there are certainly areas he can work on, and he is working on, but he is an experienced Goalkeeper in years but not really in games.

“I think for Ben, he is a very capable goalkeeper and a really likeable person and he’s really good to have around the place and he’s working to get better all the time.

“He’s a really good lad and he’s somebody that’s wants to do well and wants the team do well and even when he’s not performing, he’s the first to congratulate everyone and he’s definitely a team player and deserves some success himself.”


Having to rotate during fixture congestion…

“You do not want to change a winning side, but you have to.

“You can keep throwing people out but they’re going to break and if you have too many broken pieces that puzzle falls down and you lose.

“We have to make sure we move those pieces around as best as we can to make sure they are available.

“You can pick things up and move them around and make sure it makes sense, but we have to have enough players available to pick a competitive side and if you don’t do that and you don’t change things from time-to time they will break, there’s no doubt about it.

“You look at the older players, Kyle McFadzean needs to play and keep going because he’s at an age now where you think, can we keep putting him out there, but we need to because it keeps him moving and going but at some point, he’s going to need to come out and have a breather.

“It’s the same with the other as well, but it depends how robust they are and how are they behaving because you know how they’re behaving generally and if that changes slightly then they might be a bit of fatigue or illness or something else.”

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