Mark Robins admits he has a big selection decision on his hands going into Saturday’s match at relegation battlers Peterborough United.

The Sky Blues boss has a near full strength squad aside from left wing-back Ian Maatsen who has returned to Chelsea for treatment to a hamstring strain.

Returning centre-back Kyle McFadzean gives the manager a four into three conundrum at the back after Dom Hyam, Michael Rose and Jake Clarke-Salter performed so well and kept a clean sheet against Derby in the FA Cup last time out, while Liam Kelly is also back in contention to add competition in the middle of the park.

But perhaps the most intriguing selection decision is in goal where Robins has to decide whether to stick with Ben Wilson, who has played in the last two games, or restore his first choice stopper Simon Moore at London Road.


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Asked if it’s a big call for him to make this weekend, the City boss said: “I think you look to pick the team on merit.

“Ben made a brilliant save early in the game and was also really good with his feet, which is also really important, so it is.”

He added: “We have got two really good goalkeepers that are competing for a starting berth, so yes, absolutely, it gives me food for thought.

“This week’s training has been really interesting too, so it’s really good to have two really good goalkeepers that are performing at a good level, so yes, it’s happy days.

“Not only that but we have got two good young ones underneath (Tom Billson and Cian Tyler) who are working hard to close that gap.”

As for tomorrow’s challenge, City go in search of their first win in seven Championship games after a difficult couple of months with tough fixtures against top teams and Covid postponements which have disrupted the team’s momentum.

“We are trying to get back in the routine and playing in the FA Cup was much needed because you want to get back to winning ways,” said the manager.

“I have outlined various reasons for the lack of points we have picked up or the perceived dip in form, I suppose, but there is context to it and we are looking to put that behind us and move forward into the second half of the season with the confidence we gleaned from the first 23 games.

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“I don’t think any confidence has been eroded. If you speak to individuals they are still buoyant. We look at things in great detail. On the face of things tells you one thing but looking in depth tells you another. If you look for negatives you can find them, which we do in order to eradicate them and put things right.

“But also you may overlook some of the good stuff in games.”

He added: “I thought Michael Rose was very, very good in the middle of the defence last week. I thought Ben Sheaf started tentatively but grew in stature and was excellent in the end, in possession and out, so he got some confidence from that game.

“We are looking forward to the games coming thick and fast.”

As for his take on The Posh, who are third from bottom of the division, he said: “It’s a tough game; they are different at home to away but we will go there looking to get three points, knowing it’s difficult.

“Fulham only won 1-0 there, West Brom only scored towards the end and they beat Millwall the other week, and Bournemouth have drawn there, so they have picked up some decent results there.

“But we are a decent team and want to get back to what we do best and hopefully get back into a rhythm of playing now.

“We have sold out our allocation, over 3,000 so we’re looking forward to that. When you hear that support it gives you a lift and it’s great to know it’s something the players will respond to.”





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