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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks forward to return to action and coming up against Millwall

City head to The Den this weekend...

24 November 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks forward to return to action and coming up against Millwall

City head to The Den this weekend...

24 November 2023

Mark Robins is looking forward to returning to action, as he takes his side to The Den to face Millwall in the Sky Bet Championship.

Following the end of the international break, City head to London to face Millwall in their first outing since a 0-0 draw with Stoke City before the break.

City have welcomed back Kasey Palmer and Fabio Tavares back into training, as well as several players returning from international duty.

Ahead of the weekend's clash, Robins previewed his sides fixture, as well as looking back at previous weeks.

Coming back after the international break…

“We just look forward to getting back into it and trying to change this run of non-results around and hopefully turn performances into points.

“I think again, on reflection, there were some really good performances prior to the previous international break to this one and the points were just not there.

“Sometimes that happens, sometimes that affects confidence and sometimes it affects individuals but the good thing is that we've had this international break and we're looking a lot healthier.

“They've looked sharp in training, both last week and they'll be looking forward to  the games I'm sure and the fact that we'll be able to get into a rhythm is a good thing.”


Players on international duty…

“Joel has been abroad and he flew, obviously to Jamaica and then he flew to Canada, and he flew back and then we're travelling down to Millwall today and hopefully the journey down to Millwall down to South London isn't as long as it was from Canada!

“He's played in both of the games and had some training in between. Jay Dailva didn't play for Wales, but he was there and he was training and then Yasin played in both the games and a couple of the games for Sweden and thankfully they've come back and they're in they're in good health and ready to go.”


Formations and personnel…

“We try and put people in the team that suit those positions and try and work it so we get the best out of them in that in that particular position, because it suits them and then therefore suits us and everybody else.

“The style of football doesn't change formations, you sort of start off in one formation, you end up in two or three different formations. It's about how we can get on the ball and it's how you can hurt opponents and how you can minimise them hurting you but, away from home we've not been good enough in terms of picking the points.

“We've got to go and try and start to pick up more points away from home which happens for us as we progress but like I say, nothing's changed and we’re working our way through this period.

“There are some still some really good signs. I think the biggest thing for me is that you can look at it and start to concern yourself with the situation we're in in terms of the position in the league, but that will change, we're not too far away from climbing that table.

“I'm absolutely confident that we'll start to win games and do just that.”


Callum O’Hare’s fitness…

“It's been a long road, so what happens then you make your way back is you have to work harder than you've worked.

“He's worked incredibly hard to get back to where he is and he's got to continue to do that to keep improving and to get back to where he wants to be and where we want him to be and where he will be but that will take time.

“You put people under enormous pressure to try and get there and we don't need to do that because he's already trying to train to get there.”


Kasey Palmer and Fabio Tavares update…

“They’re both training, so that's good. It's great to have both of them back and Kasey's just started to train with us now.

“We’re a lot closer to having a fully fit squad than we've had previously, so that's a good thing and hopefully that can continue through this really tricky, tricky period in terms of the games and the amount of games that we've got.”


Coming up against Millwall this weekend…

“He’s a really good coach and has been coaching for a long time and has coached at high level as we know and listening to him speak, he speaks really well.

“He's got clear thoughts about identity and what he wants to do and how he wants to achieve that and how he's going to go about that and he’s pragmatic and sensible with the way that he knows the level and the players that he's got.

“It might take a little bit of time but ultimately, it comes down to us and what we can do, you can't sort of second guess, they may do something in a certain way that might be tweaked.

“They've got people at their disposal that they can use. It just depends on what they've seen. I think they'll have worked for this during this period as well.

“It'll be an interesting game, but again, it's one that we can look forward to and hopefully like I say, we can have another good performance which results in some points.”


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