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Robbo seeks home repeat with Pompey up next

8 September 2017

By Chris Slavin

Paul Robinson believes there are encouraging signs that Wimbledon can put things right this season, as he prepares to face his former club Portsmouth.

The experienced defender enjoyed playing his part in the last home game against Doncaster, in particular a second-half when Neal Ardley's men really showed their capabilities.

Speaking during an interview for our iFollow channel, Robbo said: "If we want to do well this season, it's important that we make the most of playing at home, make it a fortress. In the second-half against Doncaster we as players gave the fans a lot to shout about and a performance that they could really get behind. We will be looking to do that more often this season.

"I think it is coming together. We've had some good spells when we've played pretty well and other times it has not gone to plan. There have been loads of encouraging signs, especially during pre-season when we were looking really strong. Now, it's a case of us continuing to work hard and identifying the problem areas. We are working hard to start putting things right on a Saturday.

"There is no secret really (to turning it around). It is just hard work on the training pitch. The manager is working hard to get the formula right amongst the 11 on the pitch and we as players are trying to put those plans into action. We just have to keep working for each other. We had a little bit of transition in the squad with new players settling in. Hopefully, we can find a way of playing that suits us as players and, more importantly, get results."

Click on the link below for a clip of Robbo's interview, which features in full on our iFollow channel.

Tomorrow's match against Pompey means a reunion for Robbo with his old Millwall manager Kenny Jacket and the Dons defender also played for Portsmouth for one season during 2014/15.

"I had a great season there," Robbo recalled. "It is a great club with loads of good people there. It is similar to this club, in terms of it would not be there without the passion of the fans for keeping it alive. I really enjoyed my season there and I am looking forward to the weekend.

"I know a few of the younger lads who were coming through at the time I was there. I also know Kenny Jacket and Joe Gallen well from my time at Millwall. There are quite a few links and it will be good to catch-up with a few of them on Saturday. I had probably the best times of my career under Kenny's management. He did brilliantly for me and I really enjoyed working with him. He is very astute and tactically very good. He knows what he wants from his team, he gets them organised and working hard. All-round, he is a good football person."

The full interview with Paul Robinson is now on iFollow, along with Neal Ardley's in-depth update ahead of Pompey.


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