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Robbo’s verdict after a rousing second-half display

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

27 November 2021

Mark Robinson felt that his side didn’t deserve to secure maximum points today after a battling draw played in blustery weather conditions.

In a topsy-turvy match, opponents Fleetwood threatened to go in at the break with a greater lead than just 1-0, but Robbo’s boys stormed back, and only a late goal by the visitors denied us all three points.

“I thought the work-rate of the boys was excellent,” said Robbo. “Football matches are all about momentum and today we just made too many little errors all over the pitch. That didn’t allow us to get our momentum going. It was difficult conditions for both sides, I don’t think it was a great spectacle, even though it was probably an exciting game to watch. They had a series of injuries, which also stopped our flow when we were trying to get momentum going.

“If I’m honest, I can’t say that we deserved all three points today. I thought it was a very even game and we didn’t really get going in the first-half. You always want the three points, but a point is better than nothing. That’s what I said to the boys. We should have got a point at Portsmouth, and we would be looking at five points over the three games. It was a bitty game and we didn’t really get our flow going like we would want to, but the boys came back well in the second-half to go 2-1 up.”

Robbo praised the quality of Luke McCormick’s goal, set-up by Ollie Palmer, against a Fleetwood side that belied their lowly position in the table.

“It was a really well-worked goal and a great finish, and at that stage I thought we would maybe go on to get another one and win the game, but it didn’t materialise,” added Robbo. “I need to look at it again, whether we dropped too deep or were not getting up to the ball enough. We just didn’t get the momentum we would have liked to have got at 2-1.

“They were organised and we knew they would be a threat as they’ve scored loads of goals in this league, and you could see that with their front three today – they were very lively. They had the wind in their favour in the first-half and I would have taken 0-0 at half-time as I knew we would be in the ascendancy in the second-half, but we gave them a really cheap goal. We got off to a really good start in the second-half, but the disappointing thing was that once we went 2-1 up we couldn’t keep the momentum going, which we are normally good at. For me, it was just detail here and there, which meant that we didn’t really get any flow going.”

You can listen to Rob Cornell's post-match interview by clicking on the link below.

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