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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks back at a 'disappointing' afternoon against Cardiff City

City fell to defeat against the Bluebirds...

1 April 2024


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks back at a 'disappointing' afternoon against Cardiff City

City fell to defeat against the Bluebirds...

1 April 2024

Mark Robins was left disappointed after his side fell to defeat against Cardiff City.

The Sky Blues had led in the game through a 17th of the season for Ellis Simms midway through the first half.

However, two Liam Kitching own goals, either side of half-time, ultimately condemned the Sky Blues to a loss at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Speaking after the final whistle, Robins gave his assessment of the way the game panned out.


Reflecting on the game and another Ellis Simms goal…

“We didn’t do enough in the game. The feeling is, you play the amount of games you have to play and then you have a break and come back Friday, Monday and it’s tough for everyone.

It throws up some strange results all the time and you will see that all the time as well, the Championship is really difficult, and we’ve proven that today.

Life gives you opportunities from time to time and you have to try and take them. Today we had to try and find a way to win, and we got our noses in front with a really good and well worked goal.

The ball gets played to Kasey and he plays out wide to Milan and he returns it back into the middle for Ellis to come onto first time and it’s a really good goal and you’re hoping it gives you that platform to kick on.

Kasey had a chance just after that and there was very little in the game up to that.”


Cardiff’s goals…

“They were trying to play counter attacking football and they had to find a way back into the game and we gave them a leg up with the own goal.

We were under pressure, and it was a surprise to see it go into the back of the net and they get themselves level and then go and get themselves in front with another own goal.

It flicks over Brad’s head and those things can happen. You wanted to try and build that momentum and pressure and that only came in the last 20 minutes when we’re 2-1 down.”


Energy levels…

“Sometimes you don’t have the energy to be able to get to the level you know you’ve been playing at in the past and that’s what happened today.

We’ve created enough and had a goal disallowed and had plenty of the ball, but we didn’t create enough clear-cut chances to be able to take one of them.

It’s a disappointing result, there’s no doubt.”


When asked about making changes ahead of kick-off…

“It’s one of those things, you ask them how they are, and they say they’re ok but ultimately you don’t know until you get out there.

I think one or two are starting to show signs of fatigue. The changes I made gave us more energy and we were able to pin them in more, but we didn’t have the final little bit of quality to unlock them, other than the disallowed goal.

They blocked things that we had, and we had balls into the box that we’ve connected with that haven’t hit the target.

There were a lot of things we did right, we huffed and puffed but not enough and that’s the outcome of the game, which is disappointing, but we have to move on quickly.”


Matty Godden’s absence…

“He picked up a calf problem against Huddersfield so we have to wait and see how quickly he can make a return.”

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