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Robbo praises ‘real talent’ Aaron after landmark goal

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

1 February 2022

Mark Robinson saluted the impact of Aaron Cosgrave after the striker’s first competitive goal for Wimbledon.

Cosgrave fired home emphatically to rescue a point for the Dons in a vital home match versus Cheltenham and Robbo spoke enthusiastically about his ability afterwards.

"I think he’s going to be a real talent for us. I’m really excited for him. It’s going to take him time to adapt because he hasn’t played at this level, but he came on tonight and was a real threat. Moving forwards, he will be a real asset for this football club.”

Ayoub Assal, our other goalscorer on the night, came in for some rough treatment and Robbo felt that his side were stopped in their tracks by a cynical approach from Cheltenham.

“Ayoub is one card away from a two-match suspension and I just find it ironic because the kid must get fouled 14 times a game. But you can’t let those things eat you up, you just have to crack on with what we’re doing.

“Our players were getting dragged and brought down and it makes you wonder what actual advantage we’re getting as we’re a team that’s quick on transition and on the break. Some of the fouls were cynical."

Our Head Coach added that it was a missed opportunity to get a much-needed win, but he praised the second-half display and our fans for sticking with the team. 

“I thought it was a great opportunity after we went one up and then we’ve just had a mad five to 10 minutes. Two players have held their hands up and said it wasn’t good enough. For the rest of the game, I’m looking at it and wondering what they’ve done to really hurt us.

“I realise that for the fans it probably felt like we were over patient, but we haven’t got a big man up there at the moment. We had to be patient in order to work the ball around the outside of them. In the end we’ve dominated the second half.

“We’ve been in that position many times before, especially when I first got the job and it had that feel to it. The fans were outstanding again. I’m so desperate to give them the three points they deserve because they’re so behind us. It will come.”

Pic credit: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images.

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