Coventry City are back in action on Friday night as they look to turn around their poor recent form in the Championship.
However, they have had to embark on their journey back to the league without fans in the stands, as games are played behind closed doors for the foreseeable future.
Games have not been allowed spectators since the suspension of fixtures back in March, with October trial events being suspended due to rising COVID-19 cases around Britain.
However, the decision by the government to not allow fans back in stadiums, even in a reduced number, has been criticised by both fans and EFL Chairman Rick Parry.
Coventry are winless in their last six Championship games, and speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mark Robins has admitted that the players are missing the extra drive that the fans in the stands give.
“I know people are looking forward to the support coming back in because that drives you on as well, even when there’s some dissenting voices in the stadium, that’s what you expect and it still drives you,” he said.
“They’re missing that at the moment and that’s something we’re looking forward to as soon as possible.
“The reset button is an important part of what we have to do at this moment in time and gain some foothold and gain some momentum and build on that.”
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Coventry face top-of-the-table Reading on Friday night, a game that was sure to have brought a good atmosphere to the stadium, and Robins is looking forward to the day when fans can be welcomed back in.
“Our supporters make a difference whenever we miss them massively, we’ve missed out on so much together.
“It’s sad, it’s really sad, and we just look forward to when they’re back in the stadium, wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, whatever that is.
“There’s going to be a huge outpouring of emotion from everybody, and we just look forward to that day and in the meantime do as best as we possibly can do to try and give them a team on the pitch that they can continue to be proud of and that they’ve helped create.”