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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has been speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's meeting with Luton Town at Wembley...

25 May 2023

Club News

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has been speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's meeting with Luton Town at Wembley...

25 May 2023

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is looking forward to the special occassion that is the SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final, as his side prepare to take on Luton Town at Wembley Stadium.

The Sky Blues will face Rob Edwards' side at 4:45pm in the capital to fight for a place in the Premier League.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Play-Off Final, Robins described the chance to take on Luton as a finale of a romantic story for both Clubs.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s SkyBet Championship Play-Off Final…

“We have two more days to go, two more days to get through unscathed. We’re all excited and we need to make sure everyone keeps their feet on the floor. It’s a special occasion and we’re all looking forward to it.

“It’s going to be a really interesting game, on the day, between two teams who want to get into the Premier League. We are both really well-supported teams and it will be noisy at Wembley.

“It will also be very hot and nothing will prepare the players for the noise. Liam Kelly is the only player that will know what is coming when they walk out. It will make the hairs on the back of their neck stand up.

“It is going to be a really special atmosphere and hopefully we can come out of it on the right side of the result.

“Regardless, we have done exceptionally well this season, and so have Luton Town.”

On meeting Luton Town at Wembley Stadium…

“It’s a romantic story, the journey both of the Clubs have been one. They were in the National League with a points deduction to deal with. It took them five years to return to the EFL and what a run it has been since.

“They have always been a year ahead of us but now we meet here on the biggest of stages. We’re both on the same pitch at the same time, it’s a phenomenal story, that’s for sure.

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“I remember drawing away at Barnet. We could have gone top of League Two that day and it wasn’t a game to remember. Thankfully, we managed to get promoted after playing really well at the end of that season. We clicked into top gear at the right time.

“Since then, we’ve built on things season-on-season, despite the well-documented issues we had. The Club have kept me in post when they could have removed me during difficult periods but we’ve come out the other side by staying focussed, both the Club staff and the supporters.

“The relationship between the players and the supporters is incredible. That is what will make Saturday so special.”

On Liam Kelly and the journey, he has been on with Coventry City…

“It’s a testament to him because of how he looks after himself. He was ready to step in when needed, and that is a lesson to anyone. 

“He was a phenomenal signing, alongside Michael Doyle. Everyone has played their part on the journey.

“We have a game to play still, so does Liam, and I can’t wait to get out on the training ground with them this afternoon and build up to the game.”

The latest on injuries…

“Everyone is fine at the moment. We just need to make sure we keep everyone safe over the next few days. Hopefully, everyone will be okay.

“Tyler Walker is still unable to train and I don’t think he is going to be available for me. I don’t know the full extent yet

“Kasey Palmer is also training, but as part of his rehabilitation from the injury he suffered earlier this season.”


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