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“We must regroup - and put in a display worthy of the badge”

Robbo's reaction after a day to forget at Bolton

19 February 2022

Mark Robinson said that Wimbledon’s performance at Bolton today was unacceptable.

Speaking after the 4-0 defeat, Robbo said: “It was really poor. I’ve talked about us being fiercely competitive, but that wasn’t the case today. They started brightly, and I felt we weathered that, but then we conceded from a set piece. We came alive a little bit towards the end of the first-half, but in the second-half we didn’t get going. It was not good enough. I’m embarrassed by the performance.

“It was nowhere near good enough. What we are trying to build doesn’t excuse that performance today. We didn’t come away with the ball in physical duels. We were just lacking in the basics of football and it’s always going to be an uphill battle if that’s the case. We got out run by our opponents and that’s not acceptable. I can only thank the fans for backing us.

“Right now I’m hurting, but I’ve still got to be there for the players. We’ve got to regroup quickly and put in a performance worthy of the badge.”

Team selection options were restricted by injuries and suspensions today, but Robbo refused to use that as an excuse.

“We were without five players, but it was an opportunity for others and they haven’t taken it. We were limited by what we had on the bench and for the first time since I got this job it was difficult to know what to do. When the basics are not there that’s the way you feel.

"If everything else is there you can look at it tactically and think, ‘what can we change?’ The fundamentals were not there. I wanted to get two up top and add some energy. Marshy took a knock in the first-half and I will probably find out that he shouldn’t have played on, but he insisted he would continue.”  

Pic credit: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images.


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