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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Rotherham United draw and injuries

City were held to a 2-2 draw by the Millers on Tuesday night...

25 October 2022


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Rotherham United draw and injuries

City were held to a 2-2 draw by the Millers on Tuesday night...

25 October 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins admitted he was disappointed to only see his side take a point from their meeting with Rotherham United, despite Viktor Gyokeres firing home a stoppage time penalty.

City twice fought back from behind to level the game, with Gustavo Hamer scoring Coventry's first during the second half.

However, the possession and best of the chances were both dominated by Robins' side, who did more than enough to consider themselves worth of winning the game.

Speaking to the media at full-time, Robins said:

On the game...

“We’re disappointed with the draw, in truth. Injuries played a part and we’re in that moment where we need everybody fit, and we haven’t got that. We’ve got to find another way of winning games and tonight we didn’t start off the best.

“I think it was about 18 minutes into the game before we had any chance to play forward. We were playing too much in front of them or too much to feet where they set their stall out.

“This Rotheram team is a really fit team, that’s what Paul Warne built and that’s what they’ve carried on now with Matt Taylor. But you’ve got to play whatever’s in front of you, and we needed to move the ball better and we didn’t.

"We got caught on it in terms of holding it too long, or getting passing lanes blocked off, and they had better possession of the ball and made it difficult for us to get any momentum in the game. We grew into the game, although we didn’t create a great deal as it was a bit scrappy, but we can forgive the players for that because of the number of games we've played."

On the subs that changes the game for City...

“It was only late on in the game when we manage to get the changes to create a little bit of confusion, we only had those three changes left and one opportunity because of the changes in the first half which made it very difficult. I could’ve made them at half time but it was too early, so it was an interesting last 20 minutes where we were trying to get back in the game and we did it with a well-worked goal coming through Kasey Palmer, finished by Gustavo Hamer.

"I thought from that point on there was only one winner in the game, and I didn’t see the second goal coming, but, again, we got ourselves in a bit of a mess.

"But thankfully we got Callum [O’Hare] into a good position - and I thought Josh Eccles did really well down the right-hand side, he made a difference in terms of how we controlled the game - and then with Todd [Kane] off the other side, I thought we looked a bit more of a threat as we’ve done all night.

“Kasey and Callum linked up and with Vik[tor] Gyökeres in there, it can cause problems for the opponents, which we did, and then Vik’s slotted in the centre of the goal and I think we can be relieved we’ve not tasted defeat here and it keeps the points ticking, so it’s a good point and we’ve got to back it up now on Saturday."

On injuries to Martyn Waghorn and Fankaty Dabo...

“For Martyn Waghorn, it was the other hamstring to the one he did the other day. He’s looked fine in training but seven minutes into the game we had to make the change, and with Matty Godden and Tyler Walker being out it gives us a little bit of a headache.

“It wasn’t the right time for Fabio [Tavares]; it wasn’t the right thing to do, so we had to work on a different strategy.

"I’m not sure how long Waggy is going to be out for but we’ll have to asses it and then he’ll have a period of training to get back up to speed, but it gives opportunity to other people and I’ve got to look at it now and see what we do on Saturday."

“As for Dabo, it’s another one for which an accumulation of time on the pitch is to blame.

“People do not understand how difficult it is playing all these games. It’s brutal.

“Momentum is what we’re after but you don’t want to kill people."

On Callum O'Hare's return to the CBS...

“With Callum, the supporters are desperate to see him but we have to be mindful that he’s been out for four months.

“We’ve got to do things right and it’s got to be right for the team and the individual."

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