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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reacts to Norwich City defeat

Sky Blues fall to defeat at Carrow Road...

3 September 2022

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reacts to Norwich City defeat

Sky Blues fall to defeat at Carrow Road...

3 September 2022

Mark Robins has shared his disappointment at his side's 3-0 defeat away at Carrow Road.

Prepped for a tough game against promotion hopefuls Norwich City, Robins set-up a game plan to counter the quality of Dean Smith’s side, but City leave Norfolk empty-handed.

“The gameplan that we set out was the right one, we just didn’t execute it properly and I think we needed to be aggressive,” he said.

“We’ve played against one of the league’s top teams but we’ve made them look even better than they are and we made ourselves look worse in the process.

“We were poor mentally and we gave a goal away and didn’t respond. We weathered the storm after and huffed and puffed a little, got a goal, but they’ve disallowed that, and we didn’t deserve anything from the game after that because we didn’t execute the game plan correctly.

“Norwich are a good side and they move you around by running off the back of you and rotating into space that is difficult to deal with all the time, and had we been aggressive we could’ve built on that.

“The second-half was better for 25 minutes of it and then the rest of it was in their hands as we looked like we’d ran out of steam a little, and there were one or two feeling worse for wear for today’s action.”

Robins named four changes to the side that faced Preston North End with both Matty Godden and Viktor Gyökeres omitted from the starting eleven. 

After the match, Robins explained the reason behind the changes.

“After Preston we needed energy and there’s an argument to start one way with a group of players and if we executed the game-plan no one would’ve said anything,” he said.

“I have to make changes based on the fact Norwich had an extra day of rest and we needed to execute a game plan. We needed to play three midfield players and an extra one to cope with how they move across the pitch and the way they pick up pockets of space.

“We couldn’t use our full-backs to do it because they’ve got the overlapping wing-backs and if we went with a back four, they’d switch us all over the place and that was it today.”


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