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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins reflects on Birmingham City draw

The Sky Blues manager gave his thoughts after a hard-fought draw against Birmingham City…

17 September 2022

Sky Blues manager Mark Robins was pleased with the defensive performance that saw his side come away from St. Andrew’s with both a point and their first clean sheet of the season.

In recent weeks, Robins has shared his frustrations at the defensive lapses that have seen the Sky Blues concede in every match this season.

But today his side were able to keep Birmingham at bay to earn a hard-earned point on the road.

“A clean sheet is a huge positive because we’ve been conceding too many goals and I thought we defended really well,” he said.

“We threw our bodies on the line and we won headers where we needed to, and we dealt with balls into the box well.

"[Kyle] McFadzean has thrown his head on a ball at the end and sent it over the bar, and they put the pressure on because they smelt they had a chance of winning and it.

“I was happy with the first half performance and I thought we should have been two or three goals up at the break.

“We had really good chances, moved the ball well and we created a number of opportunities with shots from distance, but we had some really good opportunities and maybe sometimes the final pass let us down.

“In the end, it's a really good point away from home. It was hard-fought and I’ve got to be happy with it but also slightly disappointed.”

The Sky Blues now turn their attention to face Middlesbrough at home, but face a two-week wait as they endure the first international break of the season.

“We haven’t been able to build momentum because we need to play games. We’ve had two matches this week and now have to wait for the international break to finish that we didn’t need, having said that we need everyone fit," he continued.

“It’s not come at a great time because we need game time, the players will work and have some down time, and we’ll have a balance because of the games coming after the break.”

Gustavo Hamer was shown a red card during the final stages of the match, and Robins gave his opinion on the dismissal.

“It looked to me like he was being wrestled and [Hannibal] Mejbri was holding his legs, and I think Gus tried to get his legs away but then you run the risk.

“I’ve looked at it in slow motion but I need to look back at it and it is what it is and he’s got to learn."

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