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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Blackpool trip and unbeaten run

The Sky Blues will take on Blackpool in East Lancashire in Saturday afternoon, backed by 3,777 away supporters...

17 March 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins says he and his players are looking forward to Saturday's clash with Blackpool, with close to four thousand away supporters expected at Bloomfield Road.

3,777 away tickets have been sold in advance of the fixture, a sell-out, as City look to make it nine games unbeaten in the SkyBet Championship.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Robins revealed his excitement but made clear that Blackpool will pose a difficult test for his players following their 6-1 win over Queen Park Rangers on Tuesday evening.

On recent results and the unbeaten run:

"We’ve kept the momentum going. I don't think we’ve ever gone eight games unbeaten in my time in the Championship, so that is not to be sniffed at. 

"The players were disappointed after the game and it was a poor goal to concede, but we’ve got to bounce back.

"If we can pick three points up tomorrow then great, but they had such a good win in the week (6-1 vs Queen Park Rangers) and they’ll be buoyed by that.

"We will be backed by a huge ground, a huge number of people, which is great. We can really look forward to it."

On the trip to Blackpool and the tough test City will face:

"It’s a tough position to be in, where Blackpool are. The games come thick and fast and we have a break after this one. When we come back, all the games are crammed in again. That’s been the story of the season.

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"We’re trying to keep players fit, which is impossible, and everyone is going through that. It’s terrible for all the Clubs and players.

"We’ve got to keep going and just look forward to the games. They always change after January, the games become more frantic.

"Everybody has a difficult job and management is not easy but the players are the most important part, along with the supporters. We’ve got to get them ready to go out and play to their best level every week, to give those fans value for money."

On the huge away following expected:

"There will be nearly 4,000 of our supporters. It’s ridiculous! All those guest houses and hotels will be full, so that will help the economy of Blackpool!

"This is a game our fans look forward to and it’s always a good game. It’s always tough, especially with Mick McCarthy in charge.

"They got a fantastic result in the week and we are looking forward to it. We’ve got a few days off after to see some family and recharge the batteries. We’re focussed then on the games after that, from Stoke onwards, and then we’re into the final stages of the season.

"It’s an interesting time with a lot of important games to come, seven of which are in April. This is the exciting part of the season.

On his squad heading into the weekend:

"The squad is healthy. Callum O’Hare and Fabio Tavares remain out and are having a few days away in the sun. They had a tough block of rehabilitation work to get through, that’s done, and the next stage of that is to rest. They will then return to resume that hard work in the gym next week.

"Liam Kelly is now back out on the grass and is running, while Jamie Allen is making decent progress too. He will be on the grass in the not-too-distant future.

"However, Kasey Palmer will remain out for the remainder of the season. He will next be available for us during pre-season.

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"Our injury situation is not too bad a present and it is getting better, but has been worse."

On England Under-20 call-ups for Brooke Norton-Cuffy and Callum Doyle:

"They’ve been in that set-up for a while. They were playing for the Under-19s last season and now they’re in the Under-20s. They are absolutely highly thought off, and rightly so.

"They’re very good players and they will not play in every game, but the fact they’re with the younger England teams bodes well with them and is great for us."

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