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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks back at Swansea draw and provides update on Palmer and van Ewijk

The manager was left frustrated after the draw...

19 August 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks back at Swansea draw and provides update on Palmer and van Ewijk

The manager was left frustrated after the draw...

19 August 2023

Mark Robins was disappointed his side were unable to claim all three points at the Swansea.com Stadium.

City had taken the lead through Matty Godden’s third of the season, but they were pegged back two minutes later through a Jerry Yates goal.

Speaking after the final whistle, the City boss thought had his side defended better for Yates’ goal, then they would’ve taken all three points.

 

Reflecting after the final whistle…

“You can’t hide the disappointment, but really there’s a disappointment there because I know we’re better than that but not quite yet. We have a lot of work to do but it’s still early days.

“A point away here having had the lion’s share of the game, which we’ve not experienced before here is good, but for me the goal we conceded is too soft. We had just got in front, and we didn’t reorganize quickly enough.

“We got a goal up and looked comfortable and played some really good football, but we missed the final pass and cutting edge.

“We need a bit more but that will come over time.”

 

Conceding after taking the lead…

“If we defend that properly then we come away and win the game not just 1-0, but you can go on and win it two or three and those are the margins.

“If we don’t it’s going to cost us more goals, so we need to know the reasons why and the reasons why we didn’t go on and win the game.

“I said the explosive nature of our play was good for spells and we had a 20 minute spell when we pinned them in and had chance after chance and corner after corner btu we have to make one of them tell which means they have to come out, but they were able to drop behind the ball.

“That’s just how it was today, and we have to get back and work on that ahead of next week now.”

 

Sakamoto’s performance…

“I think he did really well. He got into some good positions, and he will get used to it and get better and you can see his game evolving.

“He’s such a good technician and he can score as well and there’s no restriction on him shooting and that’s something we can work on as well.

“He’s good in a number of positions and that why we signed him.”

 

Kasey Palmer’s absence and Milan van Ewijk’s injury…

“Kasey has a family thing he has to do deal with that’s why he’s not involved.

“Milan has a toe problem, that’s why he was withdrawn.”

 

Godden on the scoresheet again…

“Matty Godden’s movement again was brilliant, and he looks like he’s on a real hot streak at the moment and the other players are working well with him.

“Matty has never failed to deliver, both in terms of work rate and output with goalscoring. He’s fantastic and his movement is good, and he gets into brilliant positions.

“He’s finishing like we know he can.”

 


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