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Robbo: We must have more purpose in the final third

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

9 March 2021

Mark Robinson expressed his disappointment with a lack of quality in attacking situations tonight.

The Dons were beaten by Burton after conceding a goal that came about after failing to deal with a throw-in, but Wimbledon were unable to test the visiting keeper until the latter stages.

"They don’t concede the goal that we’ve conceded," said Robbo. "That’s something we’ve said to the lads in the dressing room and the lads agree. That’s the biggest difference. They haven’t had to work hard enough and our quality in the final third wasn’t good enough. I will have to look at the crosses again, but it seemed as though they either didn’t beat the first man, swung away from danger, or they went to the keeper. We’ve got to give people a chance, especially when we went two up front. When we do get into the final third we have got to have more purpose, that’s what I’ve said to the lads. I don’t want to keep harping on about it, but we have very little time to work on these things, so we have got to come up with better solutions together. They are top of the form guide for a reason and they are incredibly organised, but we didn’t have enough to break them down.

“I thought it was a nothing game and they didn’t look any more of a threat than we did. I don’t think Sam Walker had a save to make and I don’t think their keeper had a difficult save to make either. In terms of open play they didn’t get in behind us and they didn’t open us up, but it’s just those small details. I haven’t got a magic wand to give people experience and we are where we are. We have to reflect, look at it, and come back stronger for Saturday.”

Asked how the Dons can change things with important games coming up, Robbo said: “Honest reflection, hard work, and believing in each other. I don’t want to go on about dressing rooms, but the players are absolutely flat. I have been in dressing rooms before when four or five minutes after a defeat the mobile phones are coming out, but 20 minutes afterwards the boys are all just sitting there. I honestly believe that they really care and they want to get the wins – I honestly believe they will. We have to keep believing in what we are doing.

“I think goals put a slant on everyone’s opinion. If we don’t concede and we score a late winner everyone is probably thinking it is a better performance against a side that had won five out of six. I am under no illusions that things needed to be better, but you can’t let the score-line deflect from everything. Was we any better in the second-half against Gillingham? I don’t think we were, but we were resolute against Gillingham. Jack Rudoni found a little bit of quality at the end in that match, which we didn’t find tonight. It’s really important that we don’t let score-lines deflect from the performance and there were still positives from the performance."

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