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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Norwich City clash

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins looks ahead to his side's trip to Norwich...

2 September 2022


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Norwich City clash

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins looks ahead to his side's trip to Norwich...

2 September 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is anticipating a tough challenge at Carrow Road, as his side prepare to take one newly-relegated Norwich City.

Norwich are in fine form in the Championship, having won their last four consecutive games.

The City manager will be returning to his former home as he prepares to see his stars lock horns with the club at which he made 68 league appearances and score 20 goals.

"I have brilliant memories of Carrow Road," he said, looking ahead to the weekend. 

"Ahead of the first Premier League season, I was transfered there from Manchester United. I signed on the Friday and we were away at Arsenal on the Saturday.

"I started on the bench but came on and scored with my first touch and we ended up going on to win 4-2, so we turned that one around - and I ended up with two goals.

"We had a great season; were top well into the New Year, and ended up qualifying for Europe. We had some really good players.

"It's a really good Football Club, and that hasn't changed. They're a really good team and they have some really talented players there, as you'd expect.

"They've won their last four and they play some really good football. They have some inteligent players and they move the ball quickly.

"This will be a really tough challenge for us," he said.

City go into the weekend still chasing their first win in the Championship, having picked up just one point from their opening four.

Robins' side find themselves inside the relegation zone, but their is no cause for concern at this stage, he says.

"We shouldn’t panic about where we are in the league table. The performances will get better and we are under a different type of pressure. I think it’s a self-imposed pressure, because you want to be doing better," continued Robins.

"We’re still playing catch-up and I don’t want to say it too often, but people have to understand what it is.

"It’s like playing a Premier League team in pre-season: you have more chance of winning because they’re behind you in terms of what they’ve done in games and training."

Coventry go into the game without midfielders Callum O'Hare and Liam Kelly, who both picked up injuries during pre-season.

Both are continuing their rehabilitation and are yet to take part in any first team training sessions.

"We’re without Liam Kelly and Callum O’Hare, and you can see that we miss their energy," added the manager.

"We had Callum in the dressing room on Wednesday night and you can see how his energy is missed. When you haven’t got that, you miss it. It's the same with Liam Kelly.

"Liam is at St George’s Park this week and he is continuing his rehabilitation. Hopefully he can get on the grass next week for the first time, and we will see him sooner rather than later.

"On Callum's injury, we’re waiting for him to get to the six-week point so that we can reassess and look at his scan pictures."

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