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26 April 2013

Mark looks ahead to Bristol

Mark Robins is confident his players can follow up last Saturday’s performance and result against Millwall when they travel to Bristol City to play their final away game of the season.

Town are three points clear of the relegation zone with two games remaining and know a win could secure their survival in the npower Championship.

“We have to go and do a job on Saturday,” said Robins. “We are capable of doing it, but we have to go and prove it. 

“Games are running out now and we know what we need to do. There are a few late kick-offs on Saturday, so the whole picture won’t be clear until later in the day, but at the same time it doesn’t really matter because it is about what we do. If we achieve a positive result it will put pressure on those around us.”

Mark was delighted with his side’s display last time out and believes that his players are mentally strong enough to see the job through.

“Saturday was a really good performance and we thoroughly deserved the three points – we could have won by more. Last weekend was probably the first time in a long time that results went our way, but we know that there is work to do. 

“The lads were mentally strong enough against Millwall and Wolves and the only time that they haven’t produced of late was against Blackburn. We have set good standards, mostly, in what is a very tough league. We will go to Bristol full of confidence in the knowledge that we can win the game. They will play without fear and for different reasons, but I am sure they will want to stop us picking up maximum points. 

“There are no easy games in this league; teams don’t just roll over. We need to be ready.”

Bristol City’s defeat to Birmingham a few weeks ago confirmed their relegation to League 1.

“The way we play on Saturday will be the biggest effect on Bristol City; we have to go into the game in the right mindset and execute our plans. We need to go unbeaten until the end of the season. Bristol were very good against Hull; they were playing for pride and will want to do the same again on Saturday. They have got some quality players who can hurt teams.”

Sean O’Driscoll’s attempts to save City from the drop proved to be in vain after he had harshly been sacked from his role at Nottingham Forest. 

“I have got a lot of respect for him,” said Mark. “What he did at Doncaster over his tenure was superb; I also think he was unfortunate to lose his job at Nottingham Forest earlier in the year. It is a shame that that they have been relegated as I was the opposing manager when they achieved promotion, but we need to make sure that we don’t follow them.” 

Although Mark isn’t looking past Saturday’s clash, he has confirmed that plans for next season are well underway.

“There are a lot of things under discussion and in place that will or won’t come to fruition,” he said. “Some players will leave and there will certainly be players coming in, but we have to focus on the immediate which is the game on Saturday. All those things go on in the background and I’m quite happy with the way things are progressing. We have one or two players out of contract who are maybe looking to earn themselves a new deal at the Club and there is no better way to do that than to help us stay in the league.”

To finish, he provided an injury update on his squad.

“We have got bumps and bruises but everyone should be OK for the weekend. Hopefully everyone who was available last weekend will be available this weekend.”

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