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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks back at Ipswich defeat

Read the Manager's post-match reaction...

2 December 2023

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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks back at Ipswich defeat

Read the Manager's post-match reaction...

2 December 2023

Mark Robins believes two moments ultimately lead to his sides defeat at Portman Road.

City fell behind after six minutes before a ‘worldie’ strike just before the break doubled the hosts lead.

The Sky Blues had chances to get back into the game, with Matty Godden missing a penalty in the second half, before Brandon Williams put the ball into his own net to pull one back.

However, City ultimately fell to defeat and Robins gave an assessment of the day’s events after the final whistle.

 

Reflecting on the result…

“You've got to try and stay in it a little bit longer than that. Six minutes in and we’re a goal down.

“Really there are two moments in the game, where we get things wrong, and the second goal is a worldie.

“We've got one or two things wrong and then when you play in the ways you've got to be good on the ball and we weren't good enough with the ball.

“We kept giving it back and turning it over and, and we kept giving them a chance to come but as the game went on, we were better, and we got better.

“The changes that were made enabled us to get players in there that sort of had the link and have that understanding, I suppose and I could have started potentially could have started them and then change things as we went on, but it was a third game in a week for us and with the travel, it was always a consideration that we’ve got to look at and then you get little bits of tweaks and injuries and things off the back of it, so that's the biggest dilemma for me when I'm picking a team.”

 

Takeaways from the game…

“Tactically, we had to be spot on with it because of the way that they are and the competence that they've got and the fact they’ve been together for 18 months and you could tell that today.

“It was a reminder of us last season with the understanding, they’ve got understanding, they've got links between the players, they know where they're going, they know what they're doing, and they're doing it seamlessly really.

“We started to break things up for them and disrupt the rhythm and I think they found it difficult in the first half in fairness because they didn't really get too much although they scored the two goals.

“They had a lot of the ball as we expected them to do which they turned it over a lot as well, but we just didn't do enough with it in the first half.

“Second half, we're a bit better and we could have come away with a draw at the end of it had we converted the penalty, but it is it is what it is I'm afraid.

“We've got to dust ourselves down and then come back but there are still some positive signs from the game.”

 

Getting back into the game in the second half…

“In the second half, we looked a little bit better, and I just said, we’re Coventry City stick your chests out puff your chest out and believe and when we can go after the game, don't hesitate.

“We've got to make sure that we are in a position to be in the game do not step back, when you're in the game when you're playing, if you're not on the front foot in your head, then you end up coming away from them giving them a little bit space and too much space or too much respect.

“Whilst you give people respect you work together to go and win the ball back and that's just where we're a little bit lacking in that for me today.

“We still created some opportunities, little bits and pieces for ourselves, we looked a little bit more of a threat and we looked like we could get something from the game but we'd given them really the first goal and second one is like I say a top goal.”

 

 

Making three changes at half-time…

“It was something I felt that we had to do in terms of energy. We needed that energy and you’ve got to have that physicality and the energy to go and match these.

“He made one change from the game that they played Wednesday and then obviously changed some through the game about an hour or so and he's got the ability to change his front lads.

“But we got on top and came back into it like we did, and we brought the players on that we brought on and I felt we were a little bit more together mentally.

“They linked up a little bit better because we played together for a bit longer. So, in the end, I think we're a little bit unlucky.”


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