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Robbo: We have to be ready to do it again on Saturday

Head Coach on tonight’s victory versus Ipswich

13 April 2021

Mark Robinson praised the players for implementing a game plan that opened up Ipswich tonight.

Our Head Coach believes that the style of play will excite supporters when they get to attend matches at Plough Lane, but he knows that there is still plenty of hard work to do first in the battle to stay up. Next up is another important match at home to Swindon Town on Saturday.

"Just winning again was so important, but we have to do it again and again," said Robbo. "With the last two wins we didn't go in front and look nervous or try to protect what we had. The best way to protect is to stay on the front foot. At Accrington we did that when we went 2-1 up and we did it again tonight. I thought when they went down to 10 men they caused us more problems than they should have, but they are a good side. We tried to stay on the front foot, and we had 22 attempts, so that was pleasing.

"We knew they would be solid, so we knew that when we won the ball we had to play forward as quickly as we could. We had to firstly run forward, and then play forward, but I didn't think we did that enough in the first 10 minutes. I felt we slipped into old habits a little bit. We knew that they would be very solid once they got back into their shape, so we had to play forward, and that's what we did, particularly if you look at the lead up to the second goal. We played forward very quickly, before a great cross, and a great finish.

"We are longing to build that attachment with the fans. There are lots of things the players are doing off the pitch, they are volunteering off their own backs for the Dons Local Action Group. We are dying for the fans to be in, and I actually thought when 'Longy' did that press and went at the keeper it was the sort of thing the fans would have loved. Hopefully, the fans saw things that they were excited by and that they can identify with, but fundamentally it is two games and six points. We have to be relentless and ready to go again on Saturday and Tuesday."

Robbo had special praise for Will Nightingale after his vital contribution at both ends of the pitch tonight and he also highlighted the work of his backroom staff to get Paul Kalambayi fit after a long lay-off.

"People will think I'm bias because I've known Will since he was nine, but I'm not bias at all and I just think he's an exceptional young man. I think he was foot perfect tonight, I can't remember him doing anything wrong. He was playing on his left side and he said 'of course I will' when I asked him 'can you play on your left?' I think he has been labelled a little bit at this football club and people forget how good he is and how effective he is. I am so pleased that he got his goal tonight and he has been so influential in what we've done. He's just a very good human being and a very good footballer.

"Paul has had to put the hard work in, but full credit to Tim, Katie, Chris, and all the medical and fitness staff. For him to play 90 minutes after only playing one Under-23 game and look that strong is credit to Paul, but also to the back room staff. That was fantastic. I think people forget that Paul is only 21, and how young a lot of the players are. I thought he was excellent, and there is a lot more to come.

"You put players in because you want to win football matches. It's never my thought process to play someone because he's an academy lad, even though it's fantastic. I just want to win football matches. I play Ayoub because I believe he can effect a game. With Paul Osew making it five academy players out there tonight, that's just great for the academy and for the club. It is great for the academy players at the club because they can see a pathway, and the way we are playing is something they can identify with."

Pic credit: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images.

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