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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Swansea draw, Allen injury and clean sheet record

7 April 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Swansea draw, Allen injury and clean sheet record

7 April 2023

Mark Robins is looking for his side to back-up a draw with Swansea City this afternoon on Easter Monday against Watford.

City were forced to settle for a point at the Stadium, despite having the better of the chances in the game.

A draw helps close the gap to three points on the play-off places, with six games remaining until the end of the season.

Speaking after the final whistle, Robins addressed Jamie Allen’s injury, reflected on the performance and also acknowledged Ben Wilson breaking the club’s clean sheet record.


Reflecting on the game…

“It was a good point it’s always a difficult fixture and because the way they play it’s always put us on edge, sort of that movement which you know what’s happening out of possession, but I thought we did really well and played really well.

“In possession we waited for opportunities and as the game on we got better, then we started to get opportunities and then first opportunity falls to Gus.

“You think he’s going to score and take the lead and then in the second half we had chances with Matty Godden, Viktor and Ben Sheaf had decent opportunities.”


Pleased with the performance…

“We were in control when they were in possession, we didn’t look like we were getting stretched all over the place like we have done in previous games against these.

“It was a really good performance, and we end up with a 0-0 and although we want the three points its really difficult to open up against them because there’s always a chance you can be left open at the back.

“You have to take the point and move on with it and now we have to try back it up on Monday with a win and it’s a big game for us.”


Battling against Swansea…

“It’s always like that it’s a game of chess and you’re always moving those pieces around and if you move too early, they’ll just pick you off.

“They play in a really smart way and their players are clever. They move really fluid.”


Jamie Allen injury…

“We lost Jamie at half time, and I think that’s him done for the season. He’s had his ankle clamped down and we think it’s ligament damage, so we have to have a scan and see that, but it was a poor challenge in fairness.

“It’s the story of our season you get people back and they get another injury.

“It was important we had him from the start today and it’s disappointing, but we have to cope with it.”


Bringing Matty on at half-time…

“Matty came on and you bring on a striker and you know you’re giving up a midfielder so you’re 4v3 at times, but Matty did well, and he released to support Vik and he was unlucky not to score off some decent balls into the box.

“We were unlucky we didn’t win today and in both games, we should’ve picked up wins in both games against them, but we couldn’t capitalise on the mistakes they make.”


On Ben’s clean sheet record…

“Ben thoroughly deserved the record but not just for Ben but for everybody.

“Defending is the whole team and it was mostly good today and it has been for most of the season.”

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