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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins provides Wigan reaction

The Gaffer gave his thoughts after the game..

14 March 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins provides Wigan reaction

The Gaffer gave his thoughts after the game..

14 March 2023

Mark Robins admitted it was frustrating not to take away all three points from the DW Stadium.

The manager told how his side were unable to get a hold of the first half, but after a change at the break, his side were able to take control.

City were able to take the lead in the game, with Viktor Gyokeres heading home a Jake Bidwell cross.

However, the Sky Blues would be pegged back when Kyle McFadzean saw a ball into the box come off him and end up in his own net.

Reflecting after the final whistle, Robins gave his thoughts on the draw, taking the positives as City go eight games unbeaten...

 

On the first half performance…

“In the first half we didn’t get a grip of it. They overloaded the middle of the pitch which made it really difficult for us.

“They’re fighting for their lives there’s no doubt about it. They’re a big and physical side with quality as well.

“We had the two best chances of the first half with Matty Godden and Sean Maguire and they were good chances for them.

“I just didn’t think we did enough. There were too many times we didn’t get near them we ended up with two against their four in the middle of the park which made it really difficult but it shouldn’t have done.

“We didn’t keep the ball and it was a sticky pitch under difficult conditions against a team that press, and they will kick you, stand on you, stamp on you all those things and we didn’t do ourselves any justice in the first half.”

 

Getting in front, but getting pegged back…

“The change at half time let us get a foot hold in the game.

“It made a difference with Ben (Sheaf) and Brooke (Norton-Cuffy) coming on, because we managed to keep the ball and we looked more like us.

“We moved it around and passed it and that combined in the passage of play where we scored. It was a great first time cross from Bidwell and it’s a great header from Viktor.

“When we get our noses in front, you think we’re going to go on and win this game but for whatever reason we dropped and we had one or two tired legs.

“We didn’t get pressure on the cross and that was poor, and then it came in and we sank and it came off Fadz and into the far corner and then they get level.”

 

Looking for a winner…

“We try and go on an win the game and we try and build. We had three chances, two brilliant ones. The second from Gus when he has gone through and then Matty and Vik have one before.

“We should have taken one of them and killed it off, but they’re the things you rue. But it’s eight games unbeaten in the Championship and that’s not to be sniffed at really.

“We have to keep going. Yes, we wanted to win the game and we needed the three points but eight games unbeaten keeps the momentum going.”

 

Ben Sheaf’s return to the side…

“It was good to get him back and especially without picking up a yellow card because that would have been sods law.

“We need him to come in and we could’ve done with him starting the game, but it’s brilliant to get 45 minutes in him going into Saturday.”


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