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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Blackburn Rovers reaction

19 April 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Blackburn Rovers reaction

19 April 2023

Mark Robins was pleased with the way his side battled back in the second half to earn a point against Blackburn Rovers.

City fell behind to a Sam Gallagher goal at Ewood Park, before Ben Wilson scored in the 95th minute to equalise against Rovers.

The ‘keeper came up for a corner and bundled the ball over the line, to score his first ever goal in his career.

A point keeps City firmly in the fight for the play-offs and Robins reflected on the game after the final whistle…


First half performance…

“I think we started poorly. First half was as bad as I’ve seen.

“Whether what was fearful or circumstances, we got ourselves into a brilliant position which doesn’t come around that often and you want them to go enjoy it.

“These are pressing really well in terms of counter pressure, they come after you and turn it over really quickly and they’re the best in the league at that.

“We have to be better and learn from this, but certainly in the second half we were better.”


Blackburn frustrating the Sky Blues…

“They have the dark arts off to a tee. They’re pulling shirts and getting away with it, Viks shirts in tatters and there were free kicks that we didn’t get.

“They were trying to kill our pressure, when they go in the led they generally go on and win the game, but when they concede they haven’t won, so we knew it was important to get the first goal but we didn’t give ourselves a chance.

“We were miles away and the gaps between the back and front were too big.”


Second half performance…

“Second half performance it’s nothing less than we deserved.

“Second half we went at it. Thankfully we’ve got the goal and Ben has got a touch on it and its nothing more than he deserves and all credit to them for getting back into the game.

“We’ve come away with a point and it could be a brilliant point, we have to make it count now.


Three games to go…

“This is a brilliant challenge now, we’ve got three games left can we go and do something.

“We’re in a strong position, two games at home coming up and then we have to got to Middlesbrough. We’re against the odds, but lets not fear it lets go and enjoy it and do all we can to give ourselves the best opportunity we can.”


Update on Ben Sheaf and Liam Kelly’s performance…

“It looks like a calf problem but I don’t know how bad it is at the moment.

“I have to say liam Kelly was brilliant. He came in and gave us solidity and more in terms of being on the front foot and was decent on the ball.

“I thought he was really good and was just what we needed and I think there were good performances in there.”


Who’s idea for Ben Wilson to come up…

“Aled got off the bench and said do you want him up and I thought for a split second and I just said yes.

“Ben Wilson and Aled get the credit. Why not get him in the penalty area to cause mayhem and he managed to get on the end of something.

“It’s earned us a point and well done to Aled and Ben its been a brilliant season for them.”

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