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Robbo: We were relentless

Head Coach on the brilliant performance at Accrington

10 April 2021

The Dons today rediscovered that scoring touch in emphatic style - and Mark Robinson was quick to acknowledge the work-rate shown by his players to hit the heights in Lancashire.

Speaking after the 5-1 win at Accrington Stanley, Robbo said: "When you go 1-0 down from a set piece - we knew that was a big threat of theirs - you kind of think 'here we go', but the character the players showed was excellent, and so too was the manner of the performance. We added the end bit, which was crucial, and something we had been trying to find. I was pleased with every single bit of it up until the 85th minute when we lost a little bit of discipline, which led to Ben getting sent off. There was so much to be pleased about.

"Everything we do has to be relentless, and that's what we were today. They were relentless. We want to play good football and be exciting, but we had to find an edge and today we found it. Now we have to keep it. If we go and over celebrate this your performance dips and then you don't win.

"My whole thing is about building attachment between players and fans. The job of the staff is to get their minds focused for Tuesday. We miss the fans so badly. Football is about two things: the fans and the players. That's it for me, and building that attachment. That is all I want, so that over time people wake up in the morning and they are excited. I am not getting carried away by the performance, but one of the players stood up there and said, 'that's us, and it has to be us'. He is right, and even with the games when you don't get the results you will be forgiven and be given the empathy that you deserve."

Our Head Coach was delighted with the attacking performance on the day, which was sparked by the attacking talents of Ollie Palmer and Ayoub Assal.

"I thought Ollie was excellent," said Robbo. "Just the way he chased everything down. You can never underestimate that there is no replacement for hard work. No matter how good you are, or who you are, and Ollie showed that today. Others did as well, including Rudi, who won plenty of headers. That is all a part of the game. You can have all the ability in the world, but you need to do the other parts of the game too. Ollie was really pleasing.

"Unfortunately, people have unconscious bias with small players. They look at their size and make up their minds, but I have so much belief in the lad, and so do the players. It probably took him 10 minutes today to settle in a little bit because you get a physical test when you come to Accrington. Once he settled in, he was great."

Pic credit: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images.

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