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Robbo praises ‘brilliant’ fans for sticking with the team

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

26 January 2022

Mark Robinson was in reflective mood after his young Wimbledon side gave everything they had during the defeat to Ipswich Town.

There was certainly plenty of food for thought for the staff and the players in equal measure, with our Head Coach highlighting how little there was between the two sides over the course of the 90 minutes.

“We (coaching staff) had a bit of a disagreement in the dressing room," said Robbo. "It’s just how different people see the game. I felt that we were harshly beaten. In the first half I felt we started well, and we started brightly. They got on top, but our shape was good, and they didn’t really cause us any problems. We weren’t good enough on the ball.

“At half time we said we’ve got to be braver; we’ve got to carry more threat and I felt we did that. There was nothing in it, we were on top up until the first goal.”

There was a call to arms in the build up to Tuesday evening's game from our Head Coach on social media, with the home faithful certainly answering that message as 8,117 packed out the stadium and backed our lads to the finish.

“They were brilliant from start to finish and when I say finish, I mean right at the end when they clapped us off. We’re all in it together. It was fantastic and so positive.”

Robbo was forced into five changes for a variety of reasons, but the men that came in after the 1-1 draw away at Burton Albion certainly carried out their jobs well.

“I thought Ethan (Chislett) did really well, I felt Aaron (Cosgrave) worked really hard and I only took him off because he had put a shift in.

“We wanted to try and carry a threat, but we didn’t want to lose width. It worked in spells and then didn’t but then in the second half the lads wanted to keep their shape and in the second half it did work. We only flipped back to the 4-2-3-1 once the first goal happened. I felt Macca and Marshy did well in there and there wasn’t any area of the pitch in which they dominated us."

Pic credit: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images.

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