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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Burnley defeat and squad latest

The Sky Blues fell to defeat at Turf Moor...

14 January 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Burnley defeat and squad latest

The Sky Blues fell to defeat at Turf Moor...

14 January 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins gave his immediate reaction after defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.

City saw a point snatched away in the final ten minutes, when Jordan Beyer headed in from a corner to secure the points.

The Sky Blues had enjoyed the better of the chances in the game, controlling the first half, as they took the game to the league leaders.

However, after falling behind, City were unable to bounce back and Robins reflected on the afternoon's action...

On the performance against table-toppers Burnley…

“They were magnificent in every department, absolutely incredible, and you’re playing against one of the top sides.

"We grew into it and created the better chances of the teams and some of the football we played was really good, we just didn’t take our chances and needed to be more ruthless, because they’ve got strength in depth and that’s what we haven’t got at the moment.

“There were a couple chances where we got into good positions. One in the first half where Kasey Palmer didn’t get his strike right and they got back, but they’re a really good team and work really hard to get back in.

"There’s a lot of positives in there but we’re ruing the chances which is what we’re so good at and we need those reinforcements."


The goal which settled the game...

“We should be stood here talking about how good that point was or those three points were.

"Instead we're talking about the fact we didn’t do our jobs properly and leading up to the goal. There was a melee before the corner and we’ve lost focus for whatever reason and they’ve moved us around, man-handled us out the way and got one up on us.

"Ifyou defend that set play and all of a sudden you’re talking about a really good point and a possibility to take all three because Jamie Allen has had a couple of really good chances, a header which he pulled wide and then when Viktor [Gyökeres] played him in and we didn’t get a shot away from that."



On the current injury front of the squad…

“We lost Josh Wilson-Esbrand to a swollen knee. He had a clattering on Thursday, we thought he was going to be okay and it turns out he’s not but we couldn’t risk him because of that swelling and we’ll deal with that next week and it’s just the luck we’re having at the moment.

“[Kyle] McFadzean is a big miss in terms of being a man and dealing and organising those situations, we miss that voice, we have some young lads that are learning on the job and they’re doing a decent job and in fairness there’s a lot to be proud of. 

“We’ve had horrific injuries to Callum O’Hare and Fabio Tavares, injuries we’ve never seen before like McFadzean’s injury where he’s come to collect a ball and has done the calf muscle and the tendon, so you’ve got to wait for longer.

“Matty Godden gets a ball caught on his foot and needs an operation, it’s ridiculous and we couldn’t afford those injuries because of the lack of numbers anyway, we need to do a little bit more work now and we’ve brought in the two Josh Wilson-Esbrand and Brooke Norton-Cuffy.


On Martyn Waghorn’s departure and potential incomings…

“Ultimately, he needed to go because you get players coming in and then there’s no route into the team for him, it hasn’t worked out which is unfortunate because he’s a good lad with a lot of experience.

“For us to be able to bring that money back in is good, we’re not awash with money, so for anyone that thinks that new ownership brings that, but we’re in a better situation that we’ve been in, so that’s a step forward.

“We’ll do things as quickly as we can but you have to do things correct and we can’t make any silly errors and be methodical with it, we’re working out socks off to try and bring in players to add to the squad and its got to be at least two and now that Martyn’s gone out maybe another one.


Looking back at the last few weeks..

“I think we’re a good team but we’re just lacking that little bit and that’s because of the rhythm we lost at the start of the season, we’re not going to go over old ground.

“It’s Doug King’s first game in full ownership, it’s exciting because it’s going to be different, we’re not going to have all the austerity, it’s not those days and I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining because I’m not but we can plan now, it’s just early days and the timing of things is difficult.

“We lost the recruitment department but we’re getting that back up and running and we’re doing an amazing job on that, so we need to make sure we are tight as a group and we build out everything with thought rather than doing it without, that doesn’t work and it causes you more problems down the line."

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