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Robbo demands more after Dons grind out win

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

27 March 2021

Mark Robinson said there was no elation in the dressing room after today’s victory because the players and staff knew that the second-half performance was not good enough.

Our Head Coach was pleased with the manner of Wimbledon's winning goal and with the resilience shown at the back, but he is demanding more from his players with 10 games of the season remaining.

"I am quite pleased that it was a bit of a chaos goal," said Robbo. It came from a set piece, which is nice as well, and it was scruffy, but those are the goals we haven't been scoring enough of. With any set piece, it's all about the delivery. I thought we were quite a lot better than them in the first-half, but I didn't think we had enough purpose and intent when we got into the final third. I felt we were very controlled in the first-half and we had some decent spells, but it was nowhere near good enough.

"Of course, the three points is crucial, but we had 33 points to play for, and there's now 30 to play for. I keep saying the same thing over and over again, but I think you have to keep looking at the performance. The three points are great, but I believe we can get three points everywhere if we reflect and keep getting better. Was we as good as we were against Charlton last week? No, we were not, but we got a point. There is no point in me being elated about getting three points today because we have lost one in seven now and probably out of the five draws there was at least two games there, possibly three, that we could have walked away with three points. 

"That's all it is - three points. We need to get better at an awful lot of things. That's the only way we are going to build real momentum. Credit to Northampton, they make things difficult for you. We haven't won back to back games and that's what we need to start doing. There is no elation in the dressing room. Obviously, we are pleased with three points, but they realise that the second-half is nowhere near where we need to be.

"There were elements today that were good as we restricted them to very little, and you have always got a chance if you are doing that. The performances are getting more solid, hence why we have only lost one in 10, but if the players are going to kick on we have to reflect honestly and keep working every day on the bits we have to get better at. I believe confidence comes from proper performances. It comes from constant performances getting better and better."

Robbo questioned the referee's decision to award a 95th minute penalty, which led to Nik Tzanev's brilliant save.

"I have promised myself that I won't get involved in the referee's decisions, but I don't know how he (the referee) could tell (it was a penalty). Their bench were asking what it was for, they didn't know. I had a good chat with the referee afterwards and asked him how he could see it because it was such a melee in there. I couldn't really see why it was given, but it is what it is, and Nik has pulled off a fantastic penalty save."

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