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Positive response pleases Robbo ahead of Rochdale

Update from our Head Coach ahead of Tuesday's important match

26 April 2021

Mark Robinson today sensed a determination from the players to get back to winning ways after missing out on all three points at Ipswich on Saturday.

The 0-0 draw at Ipswich prevented the Dons from making it five successive victories and meant that there’s still work to do in the survival stakes with Rochdale up next at Plough Lane on Tuesday night. A home win for Robbo's boys will make certain of another season at League One for us.

“The meeting today was really positive,” said Robbo. “It was an hour long, going through everything, and that’s because it’s interactive. "The players are giving their opinions on things, including how we can do better. They were very disappointed to only take a point at Ipswich, which shows how far we’ve come.

“As a coach, you sense if there’s complacency, and there’s no complacency at all. They are completely focused on what they need to do and I fully expect them to do it.

“We don’t want to be looking at Great Escapes because we want to be looking up and looking at moving forward. Our approach to it is that it’s another game of football that we need to go and win. That has been our approach for every game. I have got confidence in all the players.

“We are only going to grow if we put a product on the pitch that’s exciting, which makes people want to come and watch us. As well as staying up, that’s what we want to do. We want to be producing football that people are really excited about, so that we can grow as a club.”

There was good news to report from the training ground today with on-loan Leicester defender Darnell Johnson joining in training after a long-term injury. Ethan Chislett and Terell Thomas are also making progress.

Asked if there were any fresh injury worries after Saturday’s trip to Portman Road, Robbo replied: “No, and we had a good training session today. Ethan was back in training and looked really sharp. Terell was in and he completed another session, and we had DJ back in for his first session after injury, which was great. If anything, we have players coming back in, so that’s good. Darnell looked sharp and we need to see how he reacts to that first session.

“Everyone is a big part of what we are doing. When Terell was out he was desperate to get back in the building and be a part of things, so the spirit is great.”

Click on the link below to listen to Rob Cornell’s full interview with Robbo.

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