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Robbo: We need to push on again

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

9 May 2021

Mark Robinson praised the players for an impressive sequence of results since his appointment.

Following the 0-0 draw at Lincoln today, Robbo spoke with pride about the record since the start of February, which kept us up with four points to spare. However, our Head Coach is determined to push the Dons forward next season.

"Before the game we mentioned that we had seven wins, six draws, and six losses for the 20 matches we had been together, and that was the challenge to them," said Robbo. "If we finished with seven wins, seven draws, and seven losses that's mid-table form. If we had got the eighth win that would have been around play-off form. We didn't quite get that, but it could have happened. In 21 games to only lose six, though we've probably drawn too many, is a good return. I think if you look back at those games we've definitely left points out there, but we are not delusional as a group. I think that's a fair reflection of the way we've been, but now we just need to push on again."

Robbo praised Nik Tzanev and Paul Kalambayi for their performances at Lincoln with both playing vital parts in the clean sheet.

"Nik pulled off some good saves," he added. "If you look at the positives for us Nik has been a massive plus. Paul did really well and the great thing is we know there is a lot more to come. He just pulled me afterwards and said, 'I will be even better' and he will. He was good today, but he will be even better when he's fitter and sharper."

On today's performance, Robbo said: "The message today was to keep showing intensity, but also to show that we are capable of resting on the ball at times because as much as you would love to you can't go at it constantly for 90 minutes. We wanted to show that ability to keep the ball and then go again, or try to keep our shape and then go again with intensity. At times, we did that really well, but other times we didn't and we became a bit passive on the ball. There is so much to work on, I would have loved to have had the time to work on different shapes to try and nullify them, but that's to come.

"I thought in the first-half we were excellent, but our only issue was from restarts when we didn't switch on. That's when they opened us up. In general open play we were very good off the ball and a real threat on the ball, but you need to score. It was the decision making and that little bit of detail that was lacking in the first-half, but we had some good chances. We were excellent in the first 15 minutes of the second-half, but they changed things a little bit, they got their full-backs higher. I tried to change the shape to nullify that, and it didn't really work, but we dug in."

Pic credit: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images.

Click on the link below to listen to Rob Cornell's full post-match interview with Robbo. 


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