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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks Blackpool, illness in camp and Callum O'Hare

29 October 2022


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks Blackpool, illness in camp and Callum O'Hare

29 October 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins told how his side gave him everything they had after a difficult defeat to Blackpool at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The Sky Blues fell to defeat to the Tangerines, despite taking the lead through Kasey Palmer just before the break.

However, two second half goals took the game away from City, who had chances to get back into the game, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Things were made more difficult for Robins as an illness ripped through the City camp, effecting players who started the game and those who were on the bench.

Reflecting on the game, the City boss told how the game has to be taken into context with what was difficult 24 hours.


Reflecting on the defeat…

“We’ve got to take it haven’t we. We didn’t defend well enough or keep the ball out of our net and we gave them too many opportunities and we didn’t look clean.

“We looked too open, and we gave the ball away in dangerous positions which let them believe there was something in the game for them.

“Whereas when we were playing properly and passing the ball, we created brilliant opportunities, and we scored a brilliant goal but having said that we could’ve been three or four down at that stage.”


Addressing the illness in the camp…

“They’ve given me everything they’ve got which doesn’t sound great, but I’ve had to name the team three times because of illness.

“Injuries have taken their toll but when you’re trying to make plans and things become difficult, and things don’t become clear until the teamsheets go in.

“Ultimately, they’ve tried to carry out what we’ve asked them to do to the best of their ability and the goal we’ve scored was absolutely outstanding and on any other day people would be saying brilliant move, but you have to pick points up.

“One point would’ve taken us out of the bottom three which shows how important it is but we just didn’t have it on our legs or have the energy and you saw that, it was clear, but now it’s about how we recover with other games coming quickly.”


Identifying those who struggled with the illness…

“We had a virus, and some had different symptoms, some had sickness, some had flu type symptoms, so it lays you low and knocks you for six.

“Vik couldn’t start the game, he was lucky because his temperature was high this morning and he got to the ground and we’ve done temperature checks and covid checks, but it’s an illness, hopefully it’s 24 hours.

“Jonathan Panzo was off yesterday and then came in today and he’s had to play. Michael Rose has laid low and then you look through the squad Jamie Allen has it, Kyle McFadzean and Viktor Gyokeres.

“Jake Bidwell has it and he’s felt worse throughout the day and been sick and then then Ben Sheaf had a knock and on another day he probably wouldn’t have started.

“Then, we’ve got to play with no striker, Tyler Walker trained yesterday for the first time and he’s still not ready.

“Todd Kane hadn’t played for a while so there’s a lot of things that come into the mix and put things to the test, but we’re trying to win games of football and they have tried their best and we’ve just ran out of steam.”


Having to start the game with no recognised striker…

“The plan wasn’t that it wasn’t me being clever, but we’ve got some good players who can find a way and they did find a way, we had some good footballers on the pitch who can play in that position.

“The move that led to the goal was absolutely sublime, it was an unbelievable bit of play, and you won’t see a better goal this weekend I don’t think.

“He sat the goalkeeper down before he put it in the net, it’s just the other bits where we didn’t capitalise.

“They’ve tried their best and they’ve given me everything they’ve got.”


Disappointment with giving away possession for Blackpool’s goals…

“We done it right from the start and you can’t legislate for it. You rely on them to make the right decision at the right time and for whatever reason we didn’t do that.

“I always say that people make mistakes, and we ask them to make brave decisions, but not stupid ones and we have to differentiate between what’s what.

“We just didn’t pick the right ones whether that’s to do with the virus that it blocks your brain from time to time.

“It’s really disappointing because that’s thee points that’s got away from us.”


Callum O’Hare playing the full game…

“He’s got through the game, and I don’t know how he’s done it.

“We were looking to take him off, but we couldn’t and it’s the usual thing with him, his energy is there and it’s what we’ve bene missing.

“Psychologically it will do him the world of good, but I don’t know how he will be tomorrow, we come in Monday, and we will have to see and take it from there.”



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