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Robbo salutes match-winner Aaron after Lincoln victory

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

19 October 2021

Mark Robinson praised Aaron Pressley’s attitude after the striker led the way to a vital win at Lincoln City.

The on-loan Brentford striker’s fourth goal in Wimbledon colours was the third time that he had converted from the penalty spot since joining us.

“I think it’s important for a forward if they are good at penalties to take them,” said Robbo. “They feed off that confidence and his performance warranted it. He is 19 years of age, and I know he will get better and better.

“I absolutely love the lad, he is so honest. For me, he is going to be one hell of a player. He has got the right credentials and he self reflects. The first thing he did afterwards was apologise to me for switching off from a corner and turning his back. I’ve got so much time for the lad, he just comes in and works to be the best that he can be and his performances are just getting better all of the time, as we seen tonight. I’m so chuffed for him.”

Robbo was pleased with the battling qualities shown by his side to deny Lincoln a way back into the match tonight.

“In the first-half I felt that we were excellent, and we should have gone in at least three goals up, but in the second-half we put in the kind performance that the lads have to understand is vital if we are going to win football matches consistently.

“We knew they were going to try to play out from the back, and that suited us. Other teams that do play out from the back had changed against us, but that didn’t happen tonight. We had lots of chances, and the pressing was excellent. Second-half was different as they were getting out too easily with their diagonals, but our recoveries were excellent.

“What was pleasing is that on 10-15 occasions in the second-half they got the ball on the edge of our box, and we’ve ended up sending them back beyond the halfway line. That’s something we had talked about and worked upon because we did it very well last season. They need to understand how important that is as it’s the side of football that young players don’t see as much. As a coach, it’s absolutely vital, so it was very pleasing to see it. It wasn’t pretty and we didn’t get as much of the ball as we would have liked, but we fundamentally got a lot of things right.”

A total of 369 travelling Dons roared on their side to victory at Lincoln and Robbo wanted to make it clear how much they are appreciated.

“I am absolutely privileged to be the manager of this football club because the fans are incredible. They don’t stop singing, and they don’t stop backing us. For 369 of our fans to come and watch us here on a Tuesday night is madness! A massive thank-you to them and I just want them to realise that it is so appreciated. What they do for us is fantastic.”

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