FOOTBALL: MARK Robins hopes to maintain a high level of expectation within the Sky Blues dressing room as they prepare to face Crewe Alexandra at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow, 3pm.
Four wins in their last five games leaves Robins men fourth in the SkyBet League Two table, just one point short of third placed Accrington Stanley.
Though Crewe are on a losing run of four, David Artell’s men have scored seven goals in their last five games. The Sky Blues have scored eight.
Aware of the threat Crewe can bring to the Ricoh, Robins said this morning he expects a ‘mixed bag’.
He added: “Tomorrow will be a difficult game. Crewe have their own threats despite coming into the game on the back of defeats.
“At times they’ve passed the ball and their younger players have been brought up on that style of football.
“They’re a mixed bag with other players launching the ball to their strikers – which they played three the other night.
“In the last two games we’ve ran well over 110km which is a fair amount of running. Today will be easy on the legs.
“It’s been a good week. But it could be a great week.”
One element of the Sky Blues’ off-pitch preparations Robins will have to control is complacency.
The gaffer highlighted the feel-good spirit in his side right now, but underlined how complacency is not under any circumstances an option.
He said: “The mentality about not being complacent comes from within.
“There’s a collective strength within the club that’s getting better.
“Winning breaths confidence, and even though we lost games at Yeovil and against Newport there’s been no dip in confidence.
“Expectation levels in the dressing room are high and we’ve got to maintain that.”