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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Swansea City draw, Haji Wright goals and key moments

Read the reaction from the Manager...

29 December 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Swansea City draw, Haji Wright goals and key moments

Read the reaction from the Manager...

29 December 2023

Mark Robins looked back on a draw against Swansea, after victory was snatched away in stoppage time.

City had come from behind to lead in the game after goals from Haji Wright and Ellis Simms, but Liam Cullen struck in injury time to hold the Sky Blues to a point.

Speaking after the final whistle, Robins looked back on the game and gave his immediate reaction to events.


Reflecting on the game…

“I think you can look in two ways. The timing of the goal isn't ideal. The two goals we conceded weren't great.

“We scored two really good goals and we've had other the chances to score, and their keeper has made some really good saves.

“They’re a good side, you know, although they've not got a manager, I think that the way they’re performing belies that really.

“They've come here and obviously they've had a reaction from defeat against Southampton and they've done that.”


Looking back at key moments…

“We played some good football against a really decent side that are a good side with a lot of good players in there.

“Obviously we were disappointed to go a goal down early on, but the response was good we got back into the game with a really well taken goal from Haji.

It was a really good move, and his touch was good and he’s got it onto to his left foot and found the corner.

“We then started to build some decent momentum in the game, but there was still a little bit of turnovers in there where they've started to come after the ball and put us under some pressure that way.

“When you've got players that haven't played then I think they've done pretty well in terms of what they've done and how we managed to play.”


Haji’s goals and a point gained…

“Haji’s added the header, well I thought it was, but it’s been credited to Ellis, which is great for him and he's in there to finish it off.

“There's still there's still loads of improvement in us and whilst we can be disappointed nobody gives you any points before the final whistle.

“So we've gained a point at the end of it. It's just the timing of it that feels like a kick in the teeth but we have to take it on the chin and get ready for another quick turnaround again.

“The fact that they've managed to put in the performances that they've done over this period in December, moving into New Year, the players deserve an awful lot of credit and so do the supporters, because they have been fantastic.

“They’ve been right behind the team all the way through and we’re just disappointed we couldn't give them the win that we wanted today, but we're going to try and back that up now at a really tough place to go in Middlesbrough.”


Luis Binks return to the side…

“It’s always tough when you come in from a spell out, but he's done okay, Luis. He is a good player and a great lad, and he's performed pretty well in in difficult circumstances for him.

“I thought the ones that came in had done pretty well.” 


Conceding late on and not taking other chances…

“On the edge of the box, we just gave up a chance for them in a really difficult position for Brad to do anything.

“Other than that, they've not had a massive amount in terms of chances or shots that I felt where they were going to they were going to hurt us apart from maybe one in the second half.

“We have numerous opportunities to score, and Haji had one at the far post where if you've head it back inside, I know he was trying to hit it back inside, but then we've got a tap in, in the middle but you know he has worked his socks off.

“He's got himself a goal and unlucky to not get two goals, but it was a poachers instinct finish from Ellis and he’s off and running again.”


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