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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Watford draw, Matty Godden goal and comeback

Sky Blues boss frustrated with only a point...

10 April 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Watford draw, Matty Godden goal and comeback

Sky Blues boss frustrated with only a point...

10 April 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins believes his side did enough to win the game thanks to an impressive second-half performance against Watford.

The Sky Blues fell two goals behind but fought back in the second half to earn a 2-2 draw with the Hornets, thanks to goals from Matty Godden and Ben Sheaf.

Speaking to the press after the game, Robins gave his verdict on the result and the performance.

On the performance against Watford…

“Rubbish first half, brilliant second half, but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

“We can’t allow any team to play like that, especially with the speed they have up front and we didn’t set up to play like that but we allowed them to and we’re not catching them.

“Then they scored after seven minutes and they’re a top-quality set of players and although we started to get a little more control of the game, we didn't get the goal and we conceded a second on half time which was really poor."

On the second half performance…

“At half time we spoke about playing from a shape and a shape we’ve done really well from and thankfully we got a goal back through Matty Godden, I thought he deserved it for his work rate and it was a brilliant finish.

“We were then back into it and our tails were up and it got the crowd back into it which is important because it was a little quiet but that got us going and that spurred us on and grew us into the game.

“I thought we controlled it for the most part but because of their pace, we were a little fearful, we didn’t need to be.

“The intensity went up and then we controlled the game and we controlled it for most of the second half, they didn’t really have too many opportunities, there were bits and pieces but you expect that.

“There only looked like there was going to be one winner. 

“We got into good positions and just picked the wrong option from time to time, we had spare men and it’s not a major criticism of Viktor [Gyökeres] because he can smash a ball in the top corner from 25-yards but you’ve got more chance of scoring a goal if you find the spare man in the penalty area."

On Ben Sheaf’s equaliser…

“They made changes and Craig Cathcart came on for the young lad, Ryan Andrews, who did really well on his debut and we got down the left side and Ben Sheaf got under the cross and his header went over the bar.

“But we told him to keep making those runs and he got that second goal, the two goals we scored were outstanding.

“We were trying to get the third goal and win it because it’s no good to either team as a result, although it keeps you in there, you can get to 61 points and you’re almost there.”

On using no substitutes…

“We’ve got players that are really good and have gone after the game today but, tactically, we can do something different.

“We’ve got injuries to key players in those attacking areas at the moment and that’s not disrespecting anybody because they’re all capable of coming in and doing something.

“Today, I felt we had enough on the pitch to go and see the game out because we were in a rhythm and the lads didn’t really show any fatigue, or enough to make the changes.

“Brooke [Norton-Cuffy] and Josh [Wilson-Esbrand] had really good games, so that’s fantastic.”

On the response to going behind…

“We lost 4-0 here last time and you think there might be a hangover from last time and it should be a lesson, today’s game, to not fear anything and believe you’re going to win, rather than giving them the two-goal start we did.

“They’ve got unbelievable quality, individual quality, unbelievable Premier League quality and sometimes it shows but, as a team, I thought we got on top.

“We spoke at half time and the players knew what we needed to do in the second half, the next goal was really important and that's how it went.

“I’m really pleased with the second-half performance but I’m frustrated we didn’t get the three points.”

On Brooke Norton-Cuffy’s penalty claim…

“I think it would’ve been soft.

“As he’s caught him, he’s been put off balance but he’s up too long, so if he goes down, the referee has a decision to make.

“He’s not trying to con anybody, he’s gone through and got knocked, the next bit for Brooke is to find a pass because we’re in a really good position and we were in that position two, or three, times today and we didn’t find the solution.”

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