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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Sheffield Wednesday win, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto and Liam Kitching red card

Full-time reaction from the City boss...

26 December 2023

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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Sheffield Wednesday win, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto and Liam Kitching red card

Full-time reaction from the City boss...

26 December 2023

Mark Robins praised winger Tatsuhiro Sakamoto, after he scored twice to fire the Sky Blues to three points against Sheffield Wednesday.

Tatsu scored either side of half-time to wrap up the game for City and make it back-to-back wins in the Championship.

Robins spoke about the confidence of Sakamoto as well as his intentions to appeal the red card for Liam Kitching after the final whistle.

 

Tatsu’s first goal…

“It was a really good first half performance, there's no getting away from that. I thought we controlled from start to finish.

“We got a really good goal, albeit they had a man off the field at time.

“We make a break down that left hand side after having a really decent possession spell of possession then Haji has picked out a brilliant ball for Tatsu and his movement was outstanding and his finish was even better.

“So that was one nil up really without them having laid a glove on us for that period of time, although there were fouls and things the referee seemed to play on.”

 

 

The second half and Tatsu’s second goal…

“In the second half, they started a little bit higher, and they come a bit more aggressive and pressed and we just didn't have that quality often enough, primarily because of starting positions, but decisions on the ball obviously contribute to that.

“We got forward, we got out, when we got out, we looked threat and then they made changes to try and maintain that intensity of the press.

“We made some changes because things started to settle for us and slow down a bit although we looked like we were getting a rhythm and then we've made some changes and then Tatsu gets his gets his second goal which is brilliant.

“It's a great bit of movement but a great bit of play. He gets the ball in the box and then does what he does and picks the far corner out brilliantly which shows that his confidence is sky high which is fantastic because it's what we've been after for a while but overall his performance was really good anyway, barring without the two goals.”

 

Liam Kitching’s red card after the end of the game…

“I am furious. If we miss Liam Kitching for three games, then that's a travesty. It needs looking at because the referee hasn't really seen it, he's been told that Kitch has put his hands up.

“Kitch is well within his rights to stand his ground. He is in his space; he can't do anything.

The lad has come, and he's pushed him in the face two handed and his then put his head into Kitch’s head and Kitch just backs away.

“Then there’s a coming together and he's done the same thing agai and I don't know what's going on and I don't know why he is gone like that, but Kitch is totally innocent.

“He's not raised his hands. He's not done anything, and he can't get out of the way, so that needs looking at.

“Please do not tell me that that's a three-game ban. Absolutely not from our player, not a prayer. So, I'm furious with it.”

 


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