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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins pleased with Blackburn Rovers victory and provides Liam Kelly update

Read the thoughts of Mark Robins after the final whistle...

4 October 2023

Mark Robins was pleased to pick up all three points against what he described as the ‘best team’ they’ve played at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

It took until the 85th minute for City to break the deadlock and it was a Haji Wright header which ultimately proved to be the vital moment.

There were also a string of top saves from Ben Wilson which helped City earn the three points and a third clean sheet of the season.

Speaking after the final whistle, Robins looked back on the games events, as well as providing an update on Liam Kelly.


Reflecting on the game…

“First half we were alright, but the second half of the first half they controlled it and that isn't something that you want to see certainly at home or even away from home.

“We’ve done better in the second half when we’ve hit the bar three times and the third of those times was the Yasin effort.

“Yasin’s movement is great, and he’s got great feet and he's hit a great shot, and Haji has just followed it in it's a great header.

“I think the goal was a really good goal and we deserved it. But we had to stay in the game, and we had to make sure that we didn't concede a goal and that was really pleasing.

“We score in the 85th minute and we see the last 15 minutes out, so we’re really pleased with the win, but the manner of it was even better against a good team.”


Blackburn’s threat through the game…

“They're the best team in possession that we've played this season here. I like the way they play they’re really good in possession and really brave in possession.

“They've got some young players who are talented they can beat you one v one and they try and pin you in.

“We started quite brightly, actually, and when we looked like we had loads of energy and we were getting after them.

“We looked like we could create something we were moving the ball ok, but they work really hard.

“They get bodies behind the ball and they're expensive in possession and then they're open if we turn it over, so we know that going against them, but they keep the ball really well and then if you keep giving the ball away, they end up making you defend and making you sit deeper, and we don't want to do that. We never want to do that.

“It can be frustrating at times out of possession and then when you give the ball away, they put all the weight of numbers into your back line, and they can run off the back of you and they are quick and really they play a really good brand of football.”


Saves from Ben Wilson…

“Ben has made a really good save actually when he tipped it onto the crossbar in the first half from a great shot from James Hill.

“Yeah, it was measured. He watched it all the way and there's a lot of power on it and he had to generate lots of power to get past the goalkeeper.

“I think that you know there was once or twice balls come in and Ben’s made a really good save from Sigurdsson when he’s bent one towards the far post and Ben’s managed to keep it out.

“They’re disallowed goal was clearly kicked out of Ben’s hands. Having said that, I'd like Ben to take it and then take the kick rather than trying to roll out the way, but he's made some really good saves throughout the years but certainly tonight he's made some really good saves.”


The Sky Blue Army…

“They’re phenomenal. We need that and we need them when it’s not going quite well, just get behind them, because it lifts them and the players will respond to it.

“They’re young players but they will respond to that but also we have to give them something and I it works both ways.”


Update on Liam Kelly…

“He has torn his hamstring. So that’s another midfielder we’ve lost. It’s sods law.”



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