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Robbo: Goals conceded were “unacceptable”

Reaction from our Head Coach after 3-3 draw

27 April 2021

Mark Robinson said that he will be looking for answers from his players to explain the defensive mistakes that blighted tonight’s draw at Plough Lane.

Though the Dons fought back in thrilling fashion to secure a 3-3 draw, thanks to a last-gasp cracker from Joe Pigott, all three goals conceded came from set pieces.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Robbo said: "I am really disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded. The players have worked so hard to get to a level where we are really hard to beat, working off a really solid base. We've worked on that and gradually we produced better and better football with a clinical edge, but tonight the goals we conceded were so soft. 

"With set pieces it's all about doing your jobs. Andy (Parslow) sets them up and there is nothing wrong with the set up at all, but people then have to take responsibility, and see their jobs through. If you think about us conceding goals, I'd never have imagined us conceding goals like that.

"They have to come in and present to me what went wrong. There is stuff that we do together, stuff that the staff look at, but in terms of those goals they need to present to us because I need to know that they fully understand how unacceptable some of the things that have gone on are. It's just not good enough.

"The reason I feel like I do is because we've made such excellent strides. We've been together for 19 matches and lost just five. We know we've made great strides, so that's what makes it hurt. We are a good side. You could see with the way that Rochdale approached the match that they know we are a good side. For 25-30 minutes they barely got out of their half, but we lost that bit of an edge after we conceded. We had talked about that killer edge, but it has to be in both boxes. We found it in the attacking penalty area, but we completely lost it in our area."

Our Head Coach praised Joe Pigott for bouncing back to strike the injury-time equaliser after having another penalty kick saved.

"Joe has been fantastic, for myself personally, and the squad," added Robbo. "He will be hurting on the two penalties, he has already held his hand up because he feels responsible that we should be safe by now. I fully expect him to come out on Saturday and put in another fantastic performance, to be part of the group to get it done and dusted."

Pic credit: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images.

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