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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Norwich City and provides injury and fitness update

6 October 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Norwich City and provides injury and fitness update

6 October 2023

Mark Robins is hoping to head into the international break on the back of a positive result against Norwich City this weekend.

The Manager addressed the recent run against the Canaries, one he is looking to turn on it’s head when they visit the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Last time out, Haji Wright struck late on to earn the Sky Blues three points against Blackburn Rovers, making it back-to-back wins in the Championship.

Speaking ahead of the game, Robins looked ahead to facing Norwich, as well as providing a fitness update…


Coming up against Norwich…

“Norwich is a team that we've not done brilliantly against by any stretch, in fact, we've been really poor against them.

“I think we've only picked a point and that was in COVID when there were no crowds, and we drew 1-1 at Carrow Road.

“This is an opportunity without a shadow of a doubt, and they see it the same, so can we do better against them than we've done in recent games in recent seasons.”


What to expect from Norwich…

“They've lost four games away from home, the last four games away from home, including one at Fulham and they’ll be disappointed I think in those games, but they're a good side and they’re full of good players.

“There are no doubt things have changed a little bit, Teemu Pukki has left, and they've got some injuries. Josh Sargent's injured, they've got some really good players missing but so has everybody and you've got to try and cope with that.

“Grant Hanley is another one, but they've signed experienced players that know their way out of the league, they've played at higher levels, and they've got some real talent in the squad again.

“We have to be at our best really to get something from the game and we might be our best and it still might not be quite enough, but my only concern is just making sure that we've got enough energy on the pitch at all times.”


Building on back-to-back wins…

“We're all in the same division. We're all trying to do the same thing; we're trying to build again and go again on the back of what was almost an unbelievably successful season last season.

“We’ve just got to build into that again and like I say we're looking forward to the game. There's no two ways about that.

“It's one of those things where, if we can do better, we’ve just got to build on the performances that we've had, but if we can do better against them than we've done in the previous games that we played then that is a positive anyway.”


Haji Wright taking confidence from his goal on Wednesday…

“Strikers always tend to be confidence players and the goals that go in sometimes are instinctive. You saw that with Ellis on Saturday against QPR and the other night with Haji, it was a little bit more than instinct.

“He was there in the right place. the shot from Yasin sort of rebounded off the goalkeeper and up into the air which meant that he had to generate the power himself and the timing of it.

“You can't underestimate the technique, that's all-muscle memory and he's really good in air and we've got to remember that.

“100% it'll give him a big lift. You could see that with his celebration at the end of it and a late goal for us was really important.”


Playing three games in a week and respect for travelling supporters…

“It really is tough. I think we look at Norwich, they've just travelled to Swansea and then they're coming back up here a few days later, so it's difficult for them to.

“We had it at the start of the month when we were at Hull and then Cardiff. We know how difficult that can be and for the supporters they've got to keep going and travel.

“Total respect for the supporters that follow teams up and down the country. It's difficult and it's a massive commitment and we absolutely respect that which is why it's great that we are followed in big, big numbers and the fact that they come and sing the hearts out, you want to give them something to sing about positive.”


Update on Liam Kelly…

“Well, he feels that it's not a major thing. We are just treating those symptoms and seeing where that goes but I think we'll know a little bit more over the coming days.

“He will be in next week. It'll be assessed consistently and then see when he's ready to be able to start to build it up again. But I think in the first instance he's quite happy that there isn't a major thing.”


What’s next for Fabio Tavares…

“Now he just needs to get fit. He's still got things to do still got markers to hit.

“He's out on the grass and is running, as you've seen, and he’s still got to finish that. So, he still away away but it's positive that he's out running on the grass.”


The next step for Callum…

“The next step for him is training next week. He's going to be doing some more work.

“He will wort hard, then get a bit of a rest and work hard and get a bit of rest and then he'll be back in training the following week, into Bristol City and from that point on, he could be close to a game.

“But we've just got to see, like I say I'm not putting any deadlines on anybody like that, I think it'd be unfair.”


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