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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins said he is 'immensely proud' of his side in FA Cup exit

City exit the competition in the semi-final...

21 April 2024


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins said he is 'immensely proud' of his side in FA Cup exit

City exit the competition in the semi-final...

21 April 2024

Mark Robins spoke of his pride after his side fought back from 3-0 down against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final, ultimately losing on penalties.

Goals from Ellis Simms, Callum O’Hare and Haji Wright brought the Sky Blues back with 20 minutes remaining.

They thought they had won it when Victor Torp scored in the 121st minute, but that was ruled out for offside.

Speaking after the final whistle, Mark Robins looked back at the games events and gave his thoughts.


Pride and dissecting the first-half…

“Immensely proud. The start of the game the way we felt we needed to set up was right, but we didn’t use the ball well enough.

We knew they would they play that way and we needed to try and stay in the game and even if you concede a goal in the game, you’re still in it and we know the players we have to come on and make a difference.

We concede the first goal, that can happen, we get something wrong, and we get crossed over and that can happen, they’ve got quality everywhere.

We didn’t want to sit and not take part in the game, but that’s what happened in the first we had to do it because we didn’t have enough quality or control.

We know were making changes at half time to give them something else to think about and then on the stroke of half time we concede a header from a corner, because we haven’t done our jobs and that’s disappointing.”


Half-time changes…

“We changed things at half time and the shape, and we were still coming to terms with that when they got the third goal through Bruno Fernandes.

3-0 down and you think it’s a long way back from there, but we started to gain some momentum and we got some confidence through Ellis’s goal.

It was really good work down the right and Ellis has swept it in with a really nice finish and then you never know.”


Callum O’Hare’s goal…

“The next goal is always going ot be intersting and we get that through Callum O’Hare with a deflected shot that loops in over Onana.

We then made some more changes to try and impact and the influence the game more and give us more quality and control.

The substitutes were fantastic all of them.”


Haji’s leveller and Torp’s disallowed goal…

“We get the equaliser from the penalty spot and its brilliantly dispatched from Wright and we’re back in it and then 20 seconds from the end of the extra time, we get what feels like to be the winner, but it’s a toenail offside, I don’t know how unlucky we can be.

They’ve written themselves into the history of this football club with the way they’ve come back in this football game, they have to be proud of themselves, it’s just really sad we couldn’t see it through.”



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