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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Reading and gives Allen and Sheaf update

City host the Royals this weekend...

21 April 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Reading and gives Allen and Sheaf update

City host the Royals this weekend...

21 April 2023

Mark Robins is calling for his players to 'believe' as they enter the final three games of the Championship season.

City host Reading tomorrow afternoon, as they look to keep pressure on the teams above them, in their pursuit of a place in the play-off places.

The Sky Blues were able to keep up their momentum, when Ben Wilson struck in the 95th minute at Ewood Park to rescue his side a point.

Now, with Noel Hunt's Reading set to visit the Coventry Building Society Arena, Robins previewed the challenge that awaits his side... 

Coming up against Reading…

“They’ve lost their manager and Noel Hunt has stepped in charge and he has two draws from his first two games.

“They’re fighting and that’s what we have to expect. It’s another tough game who are fighting for their lives with athletic players who are willing to work hard.

“They wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for the points deduction and now, they’re trying to give everything they can to get out of it.

“We have to make sure we are ready to go and I’m sure the supporters are excited, and they will turn up in big numbers.

“We have to look forward to it.”


In a position to fight for the top six…

“The players have been magnificent all season but now they have got themselves into a position that the club has not been in for a long, long time and then just go and execute and perform.

“We have to believe, and the belief should be there because we’ve earned that.

“They’ve played really well, and we’ve pick up a lot of points since the start of the season, because the first seven games of the season were a wash out for us.

“Since that point, they’ve done fantastically well, so let’s just go with belief and play our game. There’s not much more we can do now other than keep giving them the direction and information and also be positive.”

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Needing to pick up maximum points…

“At this stage you have to win there’s no doubt about it to give yourself any realistic chance and then even then its not in our hands, we have to hope other teams drop points.

“But ultimately its down to us. We have to pick up the maximum points we can.”


Current run of form…

“It’s one defeat in thirteen and we’ve been pretty good. We’ve been scoring goals and our away performances have gone up and the result have gone up in line with that.

“We have two home games now, to try and get maximum points against Reading and Birmingham, which will be difficult in their own right.”

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Update on Ben Sheaf and Jamie Allen…

“There is no news at the moment other than he’s (Sheaf) still got a little bit of discomfort in his calf, which is the opposite calf to the one he tore recently and kept him out.

“He was having a scan at midday and we’ll find out from that, but I may find out later on today and therefore I have to plan accordingly.

“If he’s available, fine, but I’ll have a couple of plans on the go but it is what it is and we just have to wait.”

 “(On Jamie Allen) Again, we just have to wait, and it just depends on Jamie’s pain threshold. He’s going to train today so, let’s see. Watch this space.”


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