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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks run of form, injury update and facing Huddersfield

City travel to the John Smith's Stadium...

3 March 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks run of form, injury update and facing Huddersfield

City travel to the John Smith's Stadium...

3 March 2023

The Sky Blues are on the road again this weekend, as Mark Robins and his side set their sights on a trip to the John Smith’s Stadium to face Huddersfield Town.

The two sides met five weeks ago, when City were 2-0 winners. However, since that fixture, Huddersfield have recruited Neil Warnock as their new manager.

Following his appointment, the Terriers picked up three points against Birmingham City, before suffering defeat to Burnley.

Ahead of the fixture, Robins previewed his sides clash against Huddersfield, whilst also addressed the fitness of Jamie Allen, Kasey Palmer and others…

 

Moving up the league after five games unbeaten…

“I think after the first seven games of the season if we had picked up a few points on that poor run we would be very close to where the main action is, but to come from that position to where we are now is phenomenal.

“We’ve picked up a lot of points and conceded less goals than games played, and they’ve done brilliantly well.

“They’re playing some really good football and scoring some brilliant goals. There are 12 games left to play and there’s a lot of football to play.

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“We’ve got an international break coming which will help us get some players back from injury, but ultimately, we’ve got to be pleased.

“The five games we’ve played have been tough, but we’ve got another tough game tomorrow against Huddersfield who are fighting for their lives, so it’s a pleasing run but we have to try and maintain it.”

 

Injury update…

“Jamie Allen will be out for 4-6 weeks and it’s another blow as you would expect.

“You look at everything you’re doing and but truth of it is, since the West Brom game we’ve had nine training sessions, but the games have been thick and fast anyway.

“The same players are playing, so some are training fewer, but with a small squad you have a small number. So, you taper the time of the training, but the intensity has to stay the same because they have to be able to hit the intensity, but the training duration comes down.

“You look at the gym and the usage of that and then the pitch we had laid in the summer is harder than the other one, so we try utilise the best one but is a bit harder, so that has to be a factor.

“Rather than being objective you’re educating guessing and that can be misguided because we’re still picking up injuries.

“It’s not confined to Coventry. There’s something going on which is impacting people’s physical health and you’re looking to try and mitigate as much as you can do whilst being really competitive and keeping the players fit and strong and ready to play football.

“It’s the same for everyone, but the frequency of games, you have you taper off training but try and do it so the players aren’t suffering physically, so they’re capable of playing at the intensity you want.”

 

Kasey Palmer diagnosis…

“Kasey won’t need surgery, which was something we were always worried about, but he will be out for a period of time, but we don’t know how long yet.

“He needs a course of treatment and some injections, but it will be a little while because it’s a significant tear, but we will get him back as quick as we possibly can.”

 

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Coming up against Neil Warnock’s Huddersfield…

“Neil has an unbelievable track record, and he does it at most places. I remember when he went in at Rotherham a few years ago and saved them from a near certain relegation.

“He’s not daft, he’s looked at that squad and knows it shouldn’t be anywhere near the bottom three anyway, so he knows the odds are there.

“They will be fighting and that’s what they do. They have some really good players in their ranks, and it will be a tough game there’s no doubt about that, but its one we’re looking forward to.

“It’s a great opportunity for us and they will see it as the same for them, but they have a tough run of fixtures so they will be looking to take the points off us, but there’s no difference to when we play any other team.

 

Facing teams near the bottom of the division…

“They’re all difficult at any stage of the season but things start to turn a little bit different and people start to scrap and we have to be ready to do that, but we’ve been doing that for the last few weeks anyway.

“We’ve had some difficult games and we’ve picked up some really good points and the players are in a good place. They’ve had a few days off since Tuesday and now we’re all just looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”

 

 


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