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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Ipswich challenge and provides fitness update

City head to Portman Road this weekend...

1 December 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Ipswich challenge and provides fitness update

City head to Portman Road this weekend...

1 December 2023

Mark Robins is expecting a difficult challenge when his side travel to Portman Road this weekend to face Ipswich Town.

The Tractor Boys come into the game second in the Championship, as one of the form sides in the division.

City themselves head into the weekend off the back of consecutive wins and three clean sheets on the bounce.

Robins previewed tomorrow's fixture, as well as providing the latest update on Kasey Palmer and Fabio Tavares.

Back-to-back wins following the international break…

“I think performances and then obviously results did determine your weekend and then your work week for everybody, but it's a little bit different for us but you're always working towards trying to be better.

“I think that that's, that's really important. The work that we do and the work that the players have put in and obviously during international break and then leading into the Millwall game, the work that they put in was really good and then you reap the benefits in the game.

“The second game obviously in the space of a few days was against Plymouth on Tuesday and we've done enough to win the game but we need to be we need to be better.

“We need to make improvements, and do that all the time and be open to that and I think that that's something that we've got to do, consistently moving forward.”

 

Facing Ipswich Town this weekend…

“We saw Ipswich on Wednesday evening and the first thing you've got to do is match their intensity. They try and suffocate the space and make you feel that pressure and the intensity that they play out is really impressive.

“We've got to start the game as well as we possibly can do and as well as them if not better, and that's going to be a big ask.

“I think they are a really intelligent group that have got a real understanding because they've played together for a period.

“They've added some quality, they've got a big squad and they've set the stall out 18 months ago and they've stuck to that with a with a good coach, who's come in with a big reputation for Manchester United, and he's obviously living up to that reputation at Ipswich, and he's got them going. There's no doubt about it.

“It's going to be a big task but a big challenge and one we can look forward to absolutely on the back of the results that we've just picked up.”

 

Ipswich’s form heading into the fixture…

“For us and for any team that's going to a side that's flying, it's a big challenge. They are one of the form teams in this division if not the form team now because of results the other night.

“They play in a way that is exciting, they’re scoring goals, but they also concede them and they concede space, there's areas where we can hurt them, but we've got to we've got to be good and consistently good throughout the game, but then so are they.

“We've got to go there without any fear and go into this game with an expectation of matching that intensity that they have and if we can do that, then we'd have a chance in the game.”

 

Coming up against Conor Chaplin…

“He is a really good footballer, and he is somebody that probably was here maybe 12 months too soon in terms of his development and our development.

“I think he's a really good footballer who's got a lot of confidence and has got a really good relationship with those players down there and he has a really good personality as well.

“I'm really pleased for him. He's a young man, and it was a delight to have him for the short spell that he was here.”

 

The upcoming busy festive period…

“It's a really intense spell and these games come thick and fast, and I mean really thick and fast and difficult games on the back of that.

“You’ve got the Ipswich game and then Birmingham City, Southampton, Leeds United, Sunderland and Swansea, they all come thick and fast, but they're all really tough games. “Hopefully we can keep the momentum going in terms of our performances which then hopefully we will reap the rewards of some points.”

 

Kasey Palmer and Fabio Tavares update…

“Kasey Palmer's playing in the in the under 21s today, as is Fabio Tavares and hopefully they can come through that and be a little bit closer for next week's training into Birmingham.

“Fabio has been out nearly 12 months and Kasey has been out for over two months and it’s different cases for them both.

“Fabio has got to get his rhythm back. He's got to get that that confidence, to go and play and he looks better and better all the time when he's training.

“With Kasey, he is training, and he has that confidence that everything's fine with him and with his body.

“He's still working his way to too much sharpness and match fitness, and then obviously match availability.”


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