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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on QPR test and update on Jamie Allen's fitness

14 April 2023

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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on QPR test and update on Jamie Allen's fitness

14 April 2023

The Sky Blues are back on the road this weekend and City boss Mark Robins is looking to come away from Loftus Road with a positive result.

Robins told how his side have nothing to lose with five games remaining in the league and has set his sights on three points against QPR.

The City boss is aware the Sky Blues are yet to win at the home of the R’s since being promoted back to the Championship and is hopeful of ending that run.

Robins also provided an update on the latest fitness of Jamie Allen and addressing his and Viktor Gyokeres’ nominations in the EFL awards.

 

The first of the remaining games of the season…

“We have five games left and we haven’t won for a few. We’re now in a position where we go to QPR, to another ground where we haven’t won for a while.

“It’s a difficult place to go and they’re fighting for their lives. They’ve had a new manager come in this season.

“They had a creditable result at West Brom on Monday and that will give them confidence, from our point of view we have nothing to lose.

“Can we have confidence to move the ball against a big and physical side. They change their style and they’re fighting for their lives, and they have good players in their ranks, but we have to go there and try and hurt them.”

 

Coming up against Gareth Ainsworth’s side…

“He does things his way, and he’s had a lot of success. He was fantastic at Wycombe and he sees QPR as his club and he’s desperate for it to be a success.

“He has found things a bit tough, but he went into it with his eyes open and he will have been pleased with the comeback against West Brom on Monday and he will be pleased and use it as something to build on.

“They have good players, they recruited in January, bringing in Chris Martin who is a really good player.

“They’re a threat, they put more crosses into the box than anyone in the league and they put you under pressure and they have players that can hurt you.

“It will be two teams going at it and we have to see if we can overturn a team that we haven’t managed to do in their own back yard since we were promoted back in the league.

“If we can pick three points up in this game then who knows, but all the games are important now and you have to pick the three points up, nothing else matters.”

 

Brooke Norton-Cuffy and Josh Wilson-Esbrand coming into the side…

“They’ve taken some time. They’re different individuals, they get on well.

“They find their feet at different stages, and I think you can see the quality there which is why they’re at City and Arsenal.

“There’s been some decent performances and they’re starting to get better, but they will face different challenges and they need to keep their focus.

“Brooke has played all season, he was with Rotherham the first half of the season and in the summer he was with England, as he will be again this summer, so he hasn’t really had a break and that has an impact.

“I really like them both, they’re good kids that want to learn and we give them opportunities and the rest is up to them.”

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Update on Jamie Allen…

“I’m hoping to have Jamie Allen back soon.

“The scan was miles better than we were led to believe. When we first had the information and he was examined, there was a lot of bruising and he was whacked and with bruising that came out, you think there’s some major damage.

“Thankfully, that’s what it was, and the players are asking him how his bruise is, so obviously he’s in pain still but we hope to see him before the end of the season, which is a big positive for everyone.”

 

Viktor being nominated for Player of the Season…

“For Viktor to be recognised and have an opportunity to win a prestigious award is testament to what everyone thinks of him at the club and outside of it.

“His performances have been of a high level and fingers crossed he can win the award. I’m delighted for him.”

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The Manager being nominated for Manager of the Season…

“For me, along with the players it’s nice to be recognised for the work everyone has done. To be nominated alongside Vincent Kompany, who has more or less won the league and got promoted early in a league which is very difficult.

“Michael Carrick as well, who has come in and grabbed Middlesbrough by the scruff of the neck and dragged them to be in a chance with automatic promotion and we haven’t mentioned Paul Heckingbottom either.

“There are some good managers and to be spoken of in the same circles as them is nice, there’s no doubt about it, but it’s not the be all and end all for me, three points on Saturday, happy days.”

 

 

 


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