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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins previews clash with Millwall and provides Jamie Allen update

City take on the Lions this weekend...

9 February 2024

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins previews clash with Millwall and provides Jamie Allen update

City take on the Lions this weekend...

9 February 2024

Mark Robins is expecting a physical battle against Millwall this weekend, in a ‘tough’ battle for his side at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

City come into the game off the back of a victory midweek in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday, following defeat against Norwich City in Championship action a few days earlier.

In that game against the Owls, City lost Jamie Allen to injury, with Robins providing an update on his fractured cheekbone.

The Sky Blues boss also previewed this weekend’s game, as well as discussing the form of Haji Wright and Victor Torp.

 

Bouncing back from Norwich midweek…

“I think we’ve been doing pretty well as everyone is aware, the only blip over the last 13 games was Norwich and we should have and probably could have come out with at least a point in the game, but it wasn’t to be.

“But we bounced back against Sheffield Wednesday in what turned out to be a decent cup game and progressed through into the next round.

“Hopefully we can take that mindset and performance into this weekend against Millwall.

“It’s a different game and another tough one against a team that are very aggressive and like to play on the front foot. They’ve added power and quality to their line-up, so it will be another game to look forward to.”

 

Jamie Allen update…

“We’ve lost Jamie Allen, and he will miss a period of time. He’s in for surgery today and that was a major disappointment, but when you lose one another, one gets an opportunity.

“He is a key player for us, as they all are so when players come in you expect them to make an impact and have an impact and they are doing that and that’s what you want.

“I’m told he will be out for six weeks. he will have some titanium platers put in his cheekbone to hold it all together and it sounds horrific, and it is horrific so he will be a while and it needs to heel, when that’s happened, he will be able to come back.”

 

Coming up against Millwall…

“They’re an aggressive team, they’re a big side with quality and they’ve added some players in the window who will improve them and make them stronger in quality and depth.

“Tom Bradshaw was on the bench the other day he was leading the line for them regularly and he’s a good player, although Kevin Nisbett has picked up an injury and he will be out for a while.

“Michael Obafemi and Japhet Tanganga have come in on loan and they’re good players and they have some good players in their ranks anyway.

“Joe is a really good coach, and he has a good pedigree. Adi knows him really well and they are different under Joe then they were with Gary, but equally good.”

 

Victor Torp’s arrival into the side.

“You look at the quality he shows, and it speaks volumes for him and his ability and his mindset really.

“He was really excited, but the move and he couldn’t wait to get going and the fact he scored a brilliant goal against Sheffield Wednesday in his first game helps.

“He’s played in-between that, and I thought he has done well, and the confidence is there, the players love him and he’s fitting in really well.”

 

Haji Wright’s form…

“He’s got a brilliant relationship with everyone, and he is a really nice character. Milan has really helped him, and Haji has started to come out of himself, and you can see that in the celebrations.

“His goal the other night was a brilliant header, and I was really pleased for him and he’s getting better and better and he believes in himself more and more.

“There are times you’re waiting for him to explode and go and sometimes he can take a bit of time to see an opportunity but then other times he just does it instinctively.”

 

 

 

 

 


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