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Robbo’s reaction after Dons pay the price for missed chances

Head Coach interviewed after narrow defeat in South Devon

2 April 2021

Mark Robinson felt that Wimbledon should have been more direct in pursuit of a late equaliser at Plymouth today.

Though pleased with his side's second-half performance as Wimbledon dominated for long spells, the finishing touch proved to be elusive.

"We were so dominant in the second-half, and I can't remember Wimbledon travelling away from home and being that dominant," said our Head Coach. "In the last five minutes I wasn't happy. We had been carving out chances for most of the second-half, but as the clock ticks down you have got to be more direct. They were sitting in their shape so there wasn't going to be much space. We were a bit naive there and in the last five minutes we should have gone more direct. In the final minutes we were passing around the back and we needed to be asking more questions.

"I thought Ayoub was excellent. I was thinking of taking him off, but Shane had done his groin in the warm-up, so he stayed on and effected the game. I think they took turns in fouling him. I thought he was effective."

Robbo added that finishing and final third play had been the focus of training in the build-up to the match at Home Park, and he said that the players must maintain belief that the goals will come.

"It's about the small detail in the first-half. The opposition are going to have chances, but we have a solid base and they haven't had a chance in the second-half. We have got to put the ball in the back of the net, but I've just said to the lads that is all we have done since the Northampton match. We have done a little bit of shape work, but it's all been about the final third and finishing. Sometimes you think that the more you talk about something - we know we have to score more goals -  the more it becomes a mental problem. We have missed clear chances today, and maybe we snatched at things. If we keep creating that amount of chances we have to believe that we will take them. I feel for them because they are devastated in there."

"I said to the lads that we have lost the game in the first-half. The goal isn't good enough, and I've got to watch that back. I try not to be emotional because it leads to making knee-jerk decisions and not reflecting properly, but at the moment it's hard not to feel emotional after the second-half with us not putting the ball in the back of the net. If it was 0-0 and you put in that second-half performance it's very different. The goal wasn't good enough and they had a couple of other decent chances. We were too passive in the first-half. They caused us too many problems out wide in the first-half and got some good players in there. I thought we rectified that in the second-half, we changed the shape a little bit and it was one-way traffic. They couldn't really offer any solutions to what we were doing."


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