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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Millwall comeback and Haji Wright brace

The Gaffer gave his assessment of proceedings...

11 February 2024

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Millwall comeback and Haji Wright brace

The Gaffer gave his assessment of proceedings...

11 February 2024

Mark Robins praised his side for fighting back and coming from behind to Millwall 2-1 at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

City fell behind in the first half, but a three-minute spell in the second half saw the Sky Blues complete a turnaround and claim all three points.

Haji Wright scored both goals and after the game, Robins spoke about his striker and his sides character to come from behind.

 

Taking a chance early on to change the game…

“We had to work hard for that today. We weren’t brilliant to start with, but we had a really good chance to take the lead, but Haji has hit the post, but before that Tatsu has a chance to score as well, but the ‘keeper made a decent save, but if we’re ruthless we take the lead and things may alter.”

 

Reflecting on the first half…

“They make it really difficult for you and they condense the space and come at you with aggression and aggressive movements, and we found it really difficult because we didn’t get on and off the ball quick enough.

“We want to play quickly and if they stop the avenues of passing and they condense all the space and put bodies in positions where they can go after you, and we have to move the ball quickly and be accurate and be good with our first touch.

“We have a way of playing which is exciting, but you have to be secure with it and move with it and play forwards, but we didn’t do it quickly enough and we were labour on it.

“The forward players in the first hour were probably a victim of that and we couldn’t get them on the ball, which means they had more encouragement to come after it and when they do that there’s more space in behind  and we didn’t execute that well enough or quickly enough until we did at times get through it and when we did get through it we looked dangerous, but we could have been out of game by then, we could have conceded a couple of goals, but we kept going and we kept playing.”

 

Making changes and getting back into the game…

“The changes made a difference in the end because it gave them a different threat. We looked different and we managed to find spaces and find goal scoring chances to shoot and that meant Haji got in a good position in the penalty area and he gets brought down for a stonewall penalty.

“I think there was some rock, paper, scissors which isn’t ideal, but it doesn’t matter because the ball hits the back of the net.

“When you have two players that want to score and take it and are confident in doing it then fine, I’m not going to micro-manage it, they’ve handled it well and Haji has taken penalties regularly in Turkey and we can see what he’s capable of and that was a really good penalty.”

 

The second goal to win the game…

“We are on the front foot then and we go after the game and then Bobby Thomas plays a brilliant pass through their press into Callum, and he turns and runs with it and he picks out Haji and he finishes it and it turns out to be the winner.

“He had chances to have maybe had a hat-trick and Victor has had a chance which has taken a deflection just over the bar.

“We looked more of a threat, and we defended well enough to see the game out and we handled it really well.”

 


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