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Robbo: We have to get our belief back

Post-match reaction from our Head Coach

26 March 2022

Mark Robinson pulled no punches in his assessment of AFC Wimbledon’s performance against Cambridge United.

An Adam May goal 30 seconds into the second-half proved to be enough for the visitors as our side struggled to get their rhythm and all-round momentum going in front of a sell-out crowd.

The disappointment was there for all to see at full-time and this latest defeat keeps us in a perilous position as we seek to preserve our League One status.

“There’s no hiding place from it, the second half was really poor,” said Robbo. “We have to get our belief back. Once the goal went in, I can’t deny that there was a lack of belief on show. Players that I know are technically good players aren’t delivering.

“When they scored 30 seconds into the second half, the first-half felt a long, long way away. The second half was so poor in every aspect. Technically poor. We couldn’t get any momentum going. When we got in good areas our technical detail was so poor, it made us look way off it. The quality was nowhere near good enough.

With Henry Lawrence’s shot from distance being the only real effort of note from both sides in the first half, Robbo felt that we were the team most likely to make the breakthrough.

“In the first half there was nothing in it, he added. "I thought we were the better side as they hadn't created anything. There were a few things that we needed to do in order to get a better intensity and cause them more problems.

“We changed the formation (for this game) in order to give us a bit more of a physical presence up top. We knew that we had to match them physically and that was the thinking behind it.

Robbo confirmed that Sam Cosgrove had to be withdrawn from play after being knocked unconscious, with the striker being replaced by Ethan Chislett in line with the EFL’s guidance on concussion injuries.

The picture about shows Derek Osei Yaw in action on his debut (photograph by Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images).

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