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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Coventry City versus Wolverhampton Wanderers and provides Victor Torp update

City travel to Molineux tomorrow...

15 March 2024

Club News

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Coventry City versus Wolverhampton Wanderers and provides Victor Torp update

City travel to Molineux tomorrow...

15 March 2024

Mark Robins has provided updates on Victor Torp and Jamie Allen as he prepares his Coventry City side for a historic Emirates FA Cup encounter against Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Sky Blues will take on Wolves at Molineux at 12.15pm on Saturday 16 March with both teams fighting for a player in the last four - and a trip to Wembley.

Previewing the fixtures, Robins praised the quality of Gary O'Neil's side and made clear that City must be at their best in order to cause an upset this weekend:

Looking ahead to Saturday afternoon's meeting with Wolves:

Yeah, it's a brilliant game. You get very few opportunities to play in games like this during your career so you have to make the best of it and try as hard as you can do, as we always do, to try and get through.

It's a tough ask, even though Wolves have a lot of injuries. They have so much quality and we just have to hope that we can play well enough to get a good result for themselves and progress through.

The boot is somewhat one the other foot from the Maidstone game but upsets can happen. This games give us a chance to play against Premier League opponents, and to feel their speed and quality.

As a manager, this will be brilliant. The competition is world-famous. We want ot do well in it every year and we are still trying to make up for last year.

We want to make a good account of ourselves and we want to cause them problems. They're a good side. They have players mising and players who will come back and we're planning for every scenario. However, ove scenario that is agive is that they have quality in every position.

We wil have to be on our game. We'll have to move the ball quickly. We'll have to also be calm.

There's no reason not to look forward to the game. Our fans will be there in their numbers and it will be fantstic.

I have played in a quarter-final, a semi-final and a final. It's a fantastic competition, still.

On his players, one game away from a trip to Wembley in the Emirates FA Cup:

We'll see if they thrive. We have lots of players who have played in Play-Off Finals: including Brad Collins, Bobby Thomas and Liam Kitching. 

These ocasions are seperate to the Sky Bet Championship games and they are so often upsets.

To be a part of this, to fight for a palce at Wembley, if a big carrott for my players - but it also is for their players. They want to win the FA Cup, that is their aim.

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It would be nice to make history and we know the magnitude of the task. We will give it our best shot.

On how well Coventry City have performed against Premier League teams during his reign, with strong performances against Southampton and Stoke City in recent seasons:

There will be a real expectation from our supporters, and from theirs, so it is not going to be an easy game at all.

However, this will be brilliant for everyone to go an dcontest themselves in a really strong environment. 

They have some unbelieveable talented players missing but they also have an incredible depth of talent stepping in.

They are so well coached and well-marshalled by a really good manager. They're a top side who counter-attack really well.

They've got some top talent that we need to try to impose ourselves on, if that's the right word. 

We haven't played them since a pre-season game at the Coventry Building Society Arena and we felt their quality then and we need to be ready for it.

You have a chance in any game.

An update on the injury sustained by Victor Torp in Saturday's win over Watford:

He trained this morning.

An update on Jamie Allen

Jamie will be back training at the end of next week, in full-contact training.

On the departure of Dennis Lawrence, who will leave the Club following the weekend:

I'll miss Dennis. He is a brilliant human being and he has been a big asset to us.

The chance that he has got to become an assistant in the MLS (Major League Soccer, United States) is too big for him to turn down. It is a lot closer to Trinidad, and I think that was a big factor for him.

He will go to the States and take on a role that is a really important one. He is 49 and he wanted to go. I was reluctant to let him go but he expressed his desire to go and work in the MLS, so I will not stand in his way on that front.

He goes with our best wishes. The best thing is we now know that we have an unofficial a scout in the MLS, a good pair of eyes for us. 

He has a lot of attributes that will make him a success over there and I wish him all the best.

Joh Dempster will step up in the interim period and I will have a close look at the role in the summer.

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