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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Birmingham City trip

The Sky Blues will take on Birmingham at 3pm on Saturday...

16 September 2022

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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Birmingham City trip

The Sky Blues will take on Birmingham at 3pm on Saturday...

16 September 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is expecting an entertaining West Midlands derby as his side prepare to make the short trip to Birmingham for this weekend's fixture.

His side will take on John Eustace's Birmingham City on Saturday in the first meeting between the two clubs since last season's 4-2 win, with goals from Ben Sheaf, Callum O'Hare and Michael Rose.

Coventry will be looking for a repeat of that triumph but must do without O'Hare and Rose, who are both out injured, as well as captain Liam Kelly.

It also represents a return to familiar setting with the club having spent two seasons playing at St Andrew's between 2019 and 2021.

"Birmingham helped us through a period in our history that was difficult and we will be forever grateful for that," said Robins.

"But now the rivalry continues on the pitch, and it will be a brilliant game for all.

"They have got a new manager, a new ethos, new players and a really decent squad, I think.

"I don't know John [Eustace] but I know that he was a player at Coventry - a good player - and I know that he has taken to coaching and management really well.

"They had a really good result last time out, in a local derby against West Bromwich Albion, and now they have another derby coming up tomorrow.

"It will all be to play for. I hope it's a really good game for everybody and that we can get a really good performance out of it, and the right result.

"That way we can go into the international break and brace ourselves for the onslaught ahead."

City head to St Andrew's still chasing their first win of the new season - but two fine goals away on Luton on Wednesday night offer enough confidence that a maiden victory is on the horizon.

"The quality of the goals on Wednesday night was exceptional, and so is the quality of the players we have," Robins continued.

"After the international break, we have 21 games in 42 days. It will be brutal, we knew it would be, but we have to try and manage that.

"We have played seven games and six are away from home, and during that home game we were very unfortunate not to get something from it.

"We're still trying to get to the levels that we were at previously, but it is really difficult."


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