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Robbo looks forward to tough challenge

Dons defender interviewed after Saturday's defeat

14 August 2017

Paul Robinson says that the squad will be eager to bounce back from Saturday’s disappointment by producing a much-improved display at Fleetwood on Saturday.

The experienced defender made no excuses after the 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury, but he was keen to focus on what comes next against a side with a 100 per cent record in League One so far.

“We want to put in a response,” said Paul. “On Saturday we want to put right the wrongs from this defeat. We will go up there determined to show a reaction and what we are capable of. We will learn the lessons and hopefully that will translate into a better performance up there. We are looking forward to the challenge.

“It was a disappointing afternoon and we looked a bit flat after a hard work-out in midweek. Perhaps there was a bit of a carry over, but also we are not going to use that as an excuse. We know that was not good enough. The levels were not as high as they had been in pre-season or in the first couple of games. All we can do is get back to the training ground and work on things. We are working on a new way to play, so we have to work-out the problems that have been created and just keep moving forward as a team.

“It was all constructive with the right intentions afterwards (post-match in the dressing room) and we are just trying to identify where we are going wrong. There was no inquest, no tearing each other’s heads off, and it was just a case of analysing what went wrong and how we are going to get better.”

Goalkeeper George Long’s man of the match display was the one real positive to take from Saturday and Paul was quick to pay tribute to his performance.

Speaking during the interview with Rob Cornell for iFollow, he added: “George made some great saves, they were important saves at the right time, to keep our chances alive of getting something from the game. While it was 1-0 you always have a chance, maybe through a mistake or a bit of magic. It was not to be, but we will keep working hard.”

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