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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Birmingham, talks stadium deal and fitness updates

City face Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon...

28 April 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Birmingham, talks stadium deal and fitness updates

City face Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon...

28 April 2023

Mark Robins is looking forward to seeing his side play in front of a full house when they face Birmingham City this weekend.

The final home fixture of the season is a sell out at the Coventry Building Society Arena, as City look to continue their push for a place in the top six.

The clash with Birmingham will be the first fixture since it was announced that City's deal with the CBS Arena has been extended for another five years.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Birmingham, Robins addressed the stadium deal, looked ahead to the fixture and also provided an update on the latest fitness of Ben Sheaf, Jamie Allen and Simon Moore.

Getting the stadium deal done…

“Good news. Really pleased. I think finally it’s done, and now we can move forward. It gives us stability. I think there’s been a lot of work behind the scenes and thankfully they’ve got it over the line and now we can move forward in a way we anticipated we would.

“It gives you a platform. I’m really pleased and now everything else can follow on and we can get on with the football.


Mood around the club…

“It’s much better than it’s been. We have every right to be happy and pleased, optimistic and we have to use that and move forward in the way we anticipated.

“It gives u stability and I think Doug has said that, so happy days and we can move forward and the supporters can look forward to some really entertaining and good times, starting tomorrow.”

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Crowd tomorrow…

“It’s brilliant. If you would’ve said at the start got the season when we were bottom of the league in October and not too far away going from the bottom of the league going into Christmas, your way away from what we’re experiencing now so it’s a remarkable turnaround.

“Every credit should go to everyone connected with it, especially the players because they have just got on with the job and produced performances.

“The supporters as well, they are instrumental in what happens on the pitch and that brings me onto tomorrow.

“The size of the crowd and the numbers we have, along with Birmingham City’s following, and they will be noisy, but we will have a big crowd.

“I know they will get behind the players and they will get behind us to make sure we get a performance tomorrow and that’s all that matters.”


Facing Birmingham City…

“There’s nothing at stake other than three points. We have to focus on tomorrow and if you look beyond it, you’re in trouble. We can’t do that, everyone else can. The players have got on with their job and tomorrow is no different.

“It’s a big game, there’s no getting away from that. It’s the final home game and you always want to put in a good performance anyway and we’re come up against a really decent side.

“John Eustace has got them playing well and they’re well drilled and well coached and they have some talented players, and they will want to come and ruin things and that’s the script for them.

“We have to focus on ourselves and find a way of winning the football match it’s as simple as that.”


Asking supporters not to run on the pitch…

“Everyone please stay off the pitch and we can show our appreciation to supporters and if they can do that for us that would be immense.

“Anyone thinking of running on the pitch, don’t. I hate to see it. It’s not for them it’s for the players only and staff at times. We want to pay our thanks to the immense supporters who have followed us.”

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Injury news…

“No new injury news. We go with what we’ve had previously. There may be some tweaks, but it will be the same.

“Ben Sheaf is making decent progress and he’s mainly pain free so he may be back sooner rather than later.

“It’s good he’s pain free, but he has a tear in his calf, so he will be back when he’s back, which maybe sooner than we think.

“(Chances of Kasey Palmer playing again this season) We have to wait and see but I think Kasey has very little chance.

“(Allen fitness update) Jamie is fine, all good and ready to go.

“(Update on Simon Moore) Simon has been training but modified so we have to wait and see. He did more work and his handling was ok, so I’ll make a decision on that after this morning.”

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