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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks Southampton draw, Haji Wright goal and performance

City held to a draw against the Saints...

13 December 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks Southampton draw, Haji Wright goal and performance

City held to a draw against the Saints...

13 December 2023

Mark Robins said he enjoyed what he saw from his side, despite having to settle for a draw against Southampton.

City took the lead at the start of the second half through Haji Wright, but were pegged back 20 minutes later.

The Sky Blues had chances to come away with all three points, but were thwarted by the woodwork and Gavin Bazunu.

Speaking after the final whistle, Robins gave his assessment of the 90 minutes at the Coventry Building Society Arena.


First half performance…

“First half they had plenty of possession, but I thought we worked really hard to deny them any sights of goal and I think we've done that pretty well.

“We won the ball back and then we were trying quickly to penetrate their back line and get into goal scoring positions but when you're playing against opponents like this, they just put you off and get the ball back and then start to build.

“I thought we worked really hard into spaces to stop them creating too much and I think probably the same can be said for both, it was like a game of chess in the first half, with them being in possession a lot more than us but we were blocking off.

“They got into some really decent positions, but I think there’s one where Jake Bidwell has got a toe to the ball where Armstrong is trying to pull the trigger, which is a brilliant interception and a great position to be in.”


Haji’s goal…

“We just spoke at half-time about being a little bit better when we win the ball back and be a bit calmer on it and show some quality and when we started to do that and build some possession, that confidence built and the momentum and we managed to create one or two openings and that ended up with the one that ultimately led to Haji scoring and I'm really pleased with the goal.

“I thought the move was really good. It was calm, considered. It was incisive and Haji has taken his time and picked his spot and executed it brilliantly and that's exactly what he's about.

“I'm really pleased with that and there's some really good play after. We've had plenty of the ball, we've had plenty of opportunities to sort of get into good positions to score a second one.”


Southampton’s goal…

“The only blip on there, is the goal we conceded where we just got things slightly wrong in the build up to it.

“We're on the break, we're on the attack, we give the ball away and then they break out and we're open a little bit and they get the ball in a good position, and he’s hit it into the ground and it's ended up finding the far corner.

“That's the only the only time where you think we were a little bit unlucky with it, but we've got to be a little bit better than that against the quality of opponent that we're playing against.”


Pleased with the hard work from his side…

“I think the work was there. I think everything was in there. There are good ingredients and I enjoyed watching the game.

“It would have been great to go and win the game and get the three points, but it just wasn't to be on the day. But some of the performances were really good.”


Triple change towards the end…

“The changes that came at the end made a difference and they gave us that little bit more energy again, which lifted it, which we needed. I

“Haji was starting to tire I think Ellis was starting to tire but they created bits for themselves, and they look like they could go and make something right at the death.

“Then in the last minute, Kasey hits a reverse pass into Ben Sheaf and his shot is saved well by Bazunu.”



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