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Robbo: Live in the present

Head Coach sums up 2-0 defeat

9 March 2022

Mark Robinson pulled no punches in his assessment of our loss to Plymouth Argyle last night as he highlighted the need for living in the moment.

Wimbledon started the first 25 minutes of the match in confident fashion, and Sam Cosgrove hit the post with a header. However, the Dons were soon undone as Ryan Hardie put the hosts ahead – something which naturally disappointed Robbo.

“We were really good in the first 25 minutes. We looked a threat, we hit the post and we were moving the ball well,” he reflected.

“Yet again, we looked too deflated when chances went amiss. I saw shoulders drop. When you’re on top like that you should be driving each other on to do more.

“We must have a mentality of showing no disappointment. We need to be picking up a 1-0 or a 2-1. We have to live in the present, we can’t look at the past.”

In response to the goal our Head Coach rang the changes, with Paul Kalambayi replacing Jack Rudoni in order for a switch to a back three and a front two to be facilitated. This created another chance for Cosgrove that unfortunately wasn’t taken, and it was soon a case of déjà vu for the Dons as Ryan Broom put Argyle 2-0 up on the counter-attack.

“When we conceded the goal, I didn’t think we were out of it. I changed the shape again to get the two up top starting with Ayoub and then I brought Terry on,” explained Robbo.

“We then had the Cozzie chance to make it one all, but their second goal was a joke. It’s embarrassing. You can’t give goals away like that.”

Looking ahead to the weekend and beyond, we now have 10 games to turn the current form around. With this in mind, Robbo has challenged all his players to come to the fore when it matters most. 

“Right here and now everyone has to step up to the mark,” he said. “The fans were outstanding tonight and all I can ask from them is for them to be in full voice.”

Pic credit: Graham Hunt, Pro Sports Images.

 


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