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Robbo praises fans after ‘another step in the right direction’

Reaction from our Head Coach after home draw

15 January 2022

Mark Robinson was very encouraged by Wimbledon's performance today - and he was of full of praise for the support that his side received.

Despite the 0-0 draw, Robbo's boys produced a second-half full of promise and the only thing lacking was that finishing touch.

“I honestly felt it was another step in the right direction," said Robbo. "Against MK with 10 men the intensity was there and the intensity was good today. We just said that we have to be relentless in everything we do and I felt that for a 30-minute spell in the second-half it was us and what we are about. We were getting at them continuously when the ball was coming out, we were filling up the pitch, and going again. It was just decision-making and the final ball that was lacking. If we keep going like that we will be more than fine.

“In the first 15 minutes we started well, but they came into it. I felt that if we had got that first goal it could have been a game that we won by two or three and everyone would have said that it was an excellent performance, but that’s football."

Asked about the atmosphere created on the day by a vocal home faithful, Robbo said:  “Today felt the most together that we’ve been. There have been games here that we’ve won and the crowd are loving it, but I felt even at 0-0 that everyone was pulling in the same direction.

"The fans didn’t stop singing and even when we had our lulls and Morecambe came back into the game it was all positive, which was great. When it’s 0-0 you need the fans - and it felt like one positive force today. The fans were as good, if not better, than the team. They were absolutely outstanding today because you need people when you are trying to get that breakthrough.”

Robbo saluted the impact of midfielder George Marsh after he returned to the starting line-up with a composed display in the centre of the park.

“A real pleasing aspect was George Marsh coming in. I know it’s been a frustrating time for George and he’s been desperate to play. He trains brilliantly every day and I thought he came in and he was excellent. That’s another plus for us. Ant and Woody, for me, have been one of the best midfield partnerships in the league and Marshy came in and kept that going, which was great.

“The lads were gutted that we didn’t get the win, but I said that they shouldn’t disrespect the point. I felt we did that a little bit at Portsmouth. We should have come away with a point, and there’s been other games as well – Shrewsbury away – when we merited a draw. You always want the three points, but there were so many more positives than negatives."

Pic credit: Ian Stephen.

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