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Mark thanks travelling Dons after FA Youth Cup knockout

Manager's reaction after U-18s eliminated from national competition

15 November 2017

AFC Wimbledon Academy Head of Football Mark Robinson thanked supporters for travelling all the way to Plymouth on a Tuesday night, after the Under-18s exited the FA Youth Cup.

Speaking after the 3-2 defeat, Mark said: "On behalf of the staff and players, I would like to thank the supporters who travelled to Plymouth. Your commitment to the youth team is staggering and I sincerely apologise that we got nowhere near the standards you have been used to watching in the last couple of years. It was disappointing that we couldn't produce a performance to make your commitment worthwhile."

In a video interview with Rob Cornell afterwards, Mark described the overall display as simply not good enough.

"I've talked to the lads about what they need to be away from football and having good habits off the pitch. If they don't, they will take it onto the pitch and that's what we saw with certain players. They could not deal with the pressure and it was very disappointing. You couldn't have gone further away from a Wimbledon performance if you tried, especially in the second-half.

"This is the greatest job in the world for them. This could be a turning point for them. They have got ability and hopefully we will see a difference. If we don't win another game for the rest of the season, it does not matter because we will just step-up the Under-15s and Under-16s. We have some good lads in there, proper Wimbledon lads who have been with the club a while, and they understand us."

Click on the link below to watch Mark's full post-match reaction.

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