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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks process, sticking together and West Brom

The Sky Blues entertain the Baggies this weekend...

27 October 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks process, sticking together and West Brom

The Sky Blues entertain the Baggies this weekend...

27 October 2023

Mark Robins emphasised the need to stick together as his side continue to go through a process during the early stages of the season.

City welcomed 11 new faces in the summer, with 14 players departing at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

A lot of those players came from different countries and different league’s and have been adjusting to life in the Championship.

Despite sitting 20th in the division currently, the Sky Blues remain only five points off the top six places where they would finish last season.

Speaking ahead of the clash with West Bromwich Albion on Monday night, Robins reiterated that process and urged everyone to stick together.


Sticking together to get to where we need to get to…

“All the games we've been involved in this season, we could have won all of those games and unfortunately in the last two, we've just come up short in the conversion stakes.

“So again, it's frustrating, can be frustrating, but again, you've got reasons for that. I think we've got to be a little bit more positive.

“I think in terms of our play from back to front. We were okay, a little bit slower than we would have liked. We can be more incisive, and we can do things a little bit quicker and then obviously when you get your chances, we have to be more clinical.

“The biggest thing for me is that everybody sticks together because to get to where we need to get to we're going to have some ups and downs. It's clear, you know, there's going to be some ups and downs, but confidence plays a big part in it.

“We've got to stick together to ensure that the players don't lose any confidence and whilst there is frustration this frustration stems from the fact that last season, we were then within a penalty kick of getting into the Premier League.

“It’s something that may be weighing on people knowingly or unknowingly. So psychologically we were within that so you expect to kick on, but we can only kick on the way we're doing it because we have 11 new players in and 14 have moved out.

“It isn't just something where we can wave a magic wand and everything's perfect. It is a painstaking process and sometimes it is frustrating, but what we've got to remember is that the work that's going on will get us to where we need to be.

“We will add to this squad, it's not finished, and we'll keep improving it. But again, we are in a better place than we were this time last year, in terms of our outputs, all our outputs and things have changed. The style of play has changed. The personnel have changed dramatically.

“People have come from different leagues, so you've got that to get used to as well. We've got a situation where people may have been taken by surprise by the quality and the intensity of this division and until you experience it, it can be it can catch people out that's for sure.

“Each season it gets better and if you dip below in any sort of element then you can lose a game or two as we've just proven, but I'd say it's only in certain elements that we may have been a little bit lacking whereas the majority of it has been pretty good.”


Taking chances in games…

“Players are in the positions to take the chances, they will take chances and they'll miss chances they’re human beings the ball moves quickly, defenders are trying to try to hit them.

“We maybe have to be a little bit quicker and a bit more incisive but also not sort of deliberate with things. Anticipation is something that you can't really teach.

“But also, people heading into space and sprinting into space, you're going to get chances you're going to score goals.

“So, price tags are price tags. It's not the player’s fault. I think everybody just needs to remain focused and calm and as confident as they possibly can do because things certainly change around.”


Longer rest period from Rotherham to West Brom…

“We're still in a period where we've just had an international break and then the games come thick and fast and the games have been spread out a little bit for us this time which enables us to recover and we've needed that because of the circumstances around the squad and the availability of players.”


Next step for Callum O’Hare…

“He knows exactly what he what he needs to do. There's still a possibility of him playing on Tuesday for the Under-21s.

“We've moved the game from Fleetwood to the CBS Arena on Tuesday. So, there's a possibility of him playing in that depending on what happens on Monday evening of course.”


Coming up against West Brom this weekend…

“Always look forward to the game. It's a chance to get back to winning ways. They're a good side. Carlos’ teams are always difficult to break down and he has people in positions where they can try and stop you from playing first and foremost, but they've got quality in the team.

“They've got pace in the team, and they've got a lot of ability there. They're in that top six at the moment so it's another tough task for us, but again, we are looking forward to it there's no doubt.

“The next run of games is very, very difficult. West Brom, Preston, Stoke and then another international break, but it’s a chance to pick up some points and some good performances in the next or so.”


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