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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Blackpool win, momentum and international break

City pick up three points against Blackpool...

18 March 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Blackpool win, momentum and international break

City pick up three points against Blackpool...

18 March 2023

City boss Mark Robins was delighted to leave Blackpool with all three points, following a convincing win at Bloomfield Road.

The Sky Blues put four past Blackpool, with goals coming from Ben Sheaf, Kyle McFadzean and Matty Godden.

Victory against the Tangerines moves City within three points of the play-off places, with eight games remaining in the Championship.

Speaking after the final whistle, Robins reflected on proceedings at Blackpool, as well as City’s push for those top six places.


Looking back at the first half…

“It was a great start to the game for us. I thought we moved the ball around really well. The surface was okay but cut up a bit as the game went on. We faced a few different styles. They had a brilliant result midweek, but I thought we deservedly took the lead.

“It was the first time we had stretched them, and it was Viktor who cut the ball inside for Ben Sheaf and he picked out the far corner.

“1-0 up I thought was deserved, but we became sloppy and ragged, and we had been crisp with our passing and trying to find spaces pretty well, but then we gave a stupid penalty away because we were too open.

“Morgan Rogers I quick and he ends up coming across and he’s fouled and it’s a penalty and they dispatched it, and it wasn’t what we were after at all. It really gave them a leg up; the crowd gets up and really, they should’ve had a second penalty.

“You’ve seen them given all day long, but he didn’t give it and we got away with one. We got on to play properly again and then we get a brilliant delivery from Gus and we get the lead again.”


Half-time talk…

“We spoke at half time about not being too open and giving them too many opportunities and try go after them.

“Both teams we’re trying to win the game and it became a bit like a basketball game and it was going to be about who could create the chances and take them and it was us.”


The two goals in the second half…

“The third goal was a really good strike from Kyle. He read it well and he’s come onto it and smashed it in and it gives u the two goal cushion.

“Then we end up with a fourth one which was a brilliant bit of play which found Matty Godden, and he found the bottom corner.

“We will take the 4-1 win. It’s a difficult place to go as they’ve proved time and time again this season, so it’s a brilliant result.”


The Sky Blue army…

“The support was outstanding.

“It was brilliant again, 4,000 supporters here, it’s just outstanding and to give them the victory is all the more pleasing.”


Heading into the international break three points off the play-offs…

“We’ve got the players that we have got and they’re playing pretty well and they’re giving everything they can do.

“We’re three points outside the top six so we have to dare to dream, but we’ve still got some unbelievably difficult games.

“We have a break now so I’m going to give them some time off, I think some have international duty to go on, so let’s see with the first game back against Stoke, who have really picked up.”

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