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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins talks process, QPR and injury update

29 September 2023

Mark Robins is looking forward to getting back to action this weekend, as his side face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

City come into the game off the back of a draw against Huddersfield Town on Monday night, something Robins has looked back on in the week.

The City boss stressed the process his team are on and the journey they are embarking on, as the Sky Blues start a new era.

Robins also looked ahead to the clash against Gareth Ainsworth’s side, the final away fixture before the international break.


Training after Monday night’s result…

“They are all right. It was like a punch in the stomach at the end of the game Monday night, but now it's about understanding why things are happening.

“We had a meeting the other day and went through bits and pieces but we move on quickly and the good thing is we've got another game, so we can look forward to that.

“You don't dwell on it. You understand and point out what we can do better to try and mitigate that but sports sport and at the end of the day, teams will throw bodies forward when they're throwing caution to the wind, things will happen that hadn't happened normally in the game, but you’ve got to respond to that.

“We will improve but as I've said you do not dwell on that too much and we focus on what's next and it's a really good game at QPR. So, we're all looking forward to that.”


The process this season…

“There's a lot of positive things going on but we can't then just look at things and go right, okay, it's going to happen.

“There’s no magic wand and things happen. It takes time. This is a process. It is a new era. There is no doubt about that, and it feels like that and it's exciting and it will be exciting, but it will become more exciting as time goes on.

“It just is a process and is difficult because we want things now, everybody wants things wants things now, but that is very, very difficult to achieve and nigh on impossible to achieve because there are still so many other clubs at the level that outspend and outperform.

“We've got better players than we've had previously, sort of across the board. Other than the two we lost, who were the best players in the league.

“You've got to remember back to when those players that we just lost or players that have moved on first came into the club.

“Vik wasn't playing, he wasn't in the team and Gus took time to sort of settle and become really reliable because there were a lot of bookings a lot of suspensions and a few sendings off.”


The journey the team is on…

“We're all on the same page. We knew when we embarked upon this, that this would be the scenario and the fact that we got into the playoff finals, we were really close to the dream last season, but it doesn't follow on, unless you can keep hold of everybody which never happens.

“We're not starting again from scratch, but we're starting again in terms of a process. So, I'm really happy with the players we've got there is no doubt about that. We probably needed a couple more.

“The fact of the matter is we can't do that and I said that right from the start. It's difficult to do so and injuries have played a little bit of a part as well because you can't sort of get going as much as you'd want to unless you've got everybody involved and that's just how it is at the moment.

“We are where we are, and we are roughly where we expect it to be. Although I still expected us to have more points in terms of the games that we've played in and you look back on it, and we could have won every game.”


How Ellis Simms has faired since his arrival…

“To be fair to Ellis, when he came in, he hadn't done any training and he'd been off and he was trying to find his way in a new club, in a new environment with different instructions.

“He also was also looking for a new house and was looking to move down to the area which he's done now.

“He had a bit of an injury on his on his toe, which meant that he couldn't strike the ball as well as he can do normally, but those things have settled down.

“Being left out fired him up a little bit which is brilliant. He's got competition there from a number of areas, but he's stuck at it and is a really good lad.

“He's young, he's only 22 years of age and there's still a lot of development. He’s still a little bit raw, but he's willing, he's powerful and he can be a real threat and there's no doubt it.”


Coming up against Queens Park Rangers…

“They've got eight points. They're on the same points as us. They they've got a really good squad and they play in a different way.

“Gareth’s gone really at it that they'll press, they'll come down and they'll try and condense the space and they'll work hard.

“They've got some quality in the side and some power, as you'd expect, so there's that and it's another tough Championship game.

“We’ve got a tough week, we count Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, before another international break, it just seems we've only just had an international break and there's another one on the horizon, but three tough games coming up and we're looking forward to them.

“We've got to obviously try and win a game and that would be our first away win of the season. So again, really looking forward to it. It's another opportunity for us.”


Update on injuries…

“There are a few more positive signs. So, I'm sort of hopeful on that.

“Tomorrow is too soon for them. But certainly, from next week, we may start to see one or two coming back.”



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