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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Wrexham AFC defeat

The Sky Blues exited the FA Cup after a 4-3 defeat to the Red Dragons...

7 January 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Wrexham AFC defeat

The Sky Blues exited the FA Cup after a 4-3 defeat to the Red Dragons...

7 January 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins gave a stern assessment on his side's performances after a 4-3 loss to Wrexham AFC.

The Sky Blues trailed 4-1 at one stage but pulled back two goals to set up an exciting last 20 minutes against the National League side.

City challenged until the death but fell just short and after the match Mark Robins spoke with the assembled media.

Here's what he had to say:


On the performance against Wrexham…

“It went wrong at the start of the game, I don’t think in the first half I’ve ever been as embarrassed as a manager," Robins said.

“We certainly didn’t start right and they’ve got a huge following and were really vocal, so they made it noisy and I don’t know whether that had an impact but you have to be able to keep up with the physical element of the game.

“They’ve ended up scoring two crosses and we’ve not dealt with them well enough and then to score five goals against anybody, I don’t care who you are, is difficult, let alone against a side that have only lost two games all season, I don’t care what level they’re playing at."


On squad selection...

“Then you’ve got players that come in and have to perform and they haven’t performed, so that’s a disappointment but it sometimes happens and it’s not ideal when it happens and this is one of those days.

"We haven’t performed for an hour, so nobody can come to me and say why am I not playing because there is your answer, we should’ve been able to win that game today without the need of all the other players because they needed a breather."


Exiting the cup...

“We’ve got a situation now where we’re out of the cup and it was an embarrassing situation, even on the back of it we scored three really good goals, hit the post two or three times and we’ve had opportunities to score two or three more, it’s hugely disappointing, we’ve got to move on and dust ourselves off.

“Well done to Wrexham because they’ve had a right go and in the first half they were way better in terms of in the penalty box and we didn’t build any momentum to play apart form at 2-0 down, we got back to 2-1 and it looked like we were applying pressure and then we conceded again before half time.

“We fought and tried to salvage something from it, even if it was going to be a replay, we hit the post and had one or two chances, Todd Kane’s had one at the end, Jamie Allen’s had one cleared off the line and numerous other opportunities all with 10 men.

“Credit to them, they’ve put us under pressure and we’ve succumbed to that pressure, regardless of what we spoke about before they’re a threat."


Picking up more injuries...

“People knock on your door and they needn’t bother because some of them need to look beyond Coventry City now.

“We only started playing when we went down to ten men and made some changes, I don’t need to stand here and justify what I’ve done, I think we have a small squad and people have played a lot of games and I’m in a situation where I do what’s best for us, not just on one day but for the rest of the season, hence the reason for the changes.

“Some of the players need to have a real good look at themselves, there were some really poor performances early on and you’re looking at the fixture list with Burnley and Norwich, they don’t get much tougher than that but we’ve worked really hard to get to a level and that wasn’t anywhere near that level, so that’s one of the disappointments.

“Viktor [Gyökeres] has played every single minute and he’s got a hit on his calf which he was feeling and we spoke with him and this was a game where I didn’t want to have to use him if I didn’t need to.

“With that you open up to criticism but then it’s not just about today, god forbid he got a knock, which he nearly did in the penalty area, then you’re without somebody who is carrying you to a certain degree until the the others come back or I can get other players in that position.

“That position in itself is difficult to fill anyway and he’s doing a brilliant job, so as much as I’d love to keep throwing him out there, it’s just not possible, so people need to understand that."

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