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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Watford win, Wright double and Sheaf return

Read the post-match reaction from the City boss...

9 March 2024


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins on Watford win, Wright double and Sheaf return

Read the post-match reaction from the City boss...

9 March 2024

Mark Robins was pleased with the way his side responded, as they came from behind to beat Watford at Vicarage Road.

Haji Wright scored twice either side of half-time to fire City to three points and move within a point of the play-off places.

Speaking after the final whistle, Robins looked back on the game and also welcomed the return of Ben Sheaf in midfield.


Watford’s goal and threat…

“I don’t think we started well, and they were on the front foot and they carried on from the second half on Wednesday, where they played well and it gave them confidence, but you could still see that if you put pressure on them that they would concede chances.

In the end, we conceded a poor goal from a great header, bit we were disappointed from our perspective.

They have some real talent and pace and if you turn the ball over and they run through they have pace, but thankfully we dealt with that okay.

When they go through Brad made a save or two, but more times than not the ball got played out of play or across the pitch.”


Haji’s goals in the game…

“We get the chance to equalise from the spot through Haji and he finishes that fantastically.

From that little control we had in that moment we got the penalty and we spoke about it at half-time to start doing things right and get some control in the game and they will give up chances.

The best passage of play we had all game ended up with Haji’s second goal and the winner.”


Update on Torp and having Sheaf back…

“Torpy has pulled something in his glute, so I hope that he is okay, but I don’t know, but he needs a breather again, so the fact Ben is back gives us more and that Kells played half a game means his fresh.

I think at this stage of the season people look leggy. It was brilliant to have Ben Sheaf on the bench to come on and do what he did and if we didn’t have him available, so thankfully him and the medical team have worked hard to get to this point.

Kells didn’t do anything wrong, but he was on a yellow and we weren’t getting enough control in the game and Sheaf gives you that and he can play with Kells and Josh Eccles came inside and he did better there.

In the second half we were better equipped to do what we wanted and to keep a clean sheet in the second half was just what we needed.

I think it’s a brilliant and valuable three points away from home and he keeps us ticking along.”


The strikers at his disposal…

“He can be anything he wants. A little bit more belief and I don’t mean that he doesn’t think he won’t score goals, because he does, but I mean it in a way in general play, because he is a special talent for us.

The confidence the pair of them have should be there and Matty Godden as well, he came on and won two really important headers and it kept us moving and if he can do that then we know we have a really good striker with him and he just needs some game time which he will get, especially when he plays like that and he trained really well and he looks a lot sharper and we know he can finish.

Fabio has been in as well and he has a lot of confidence, so I think four strikers for the run-in will be really important.”

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