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Robbo’s reaction after agonising defeat

Head Coach embarrassed by manner of loss at Cheltenham

19 March 2022

Mark Robinson was brutally honest in his assessment of Wimbledon’s late collapse at Cheltenham.

Jack Rudoni gave the Dons a deserved lead in the first-half with Wimbledon appearing to be in full control of the contest as the match headed into the closing stages.

However, two goals were then conceded in just over two minutes, and that led to a 3-1 defeat that placed us in the League One drop zone for the first time this season.

“We need a wake-up call," said Robbo. "We haven’t been in there all season but we’re in there now. It’s not acceptable, I’m embarrassed by it myself. I work with the staff to give them everything, but fundamentally – and this isn’t me throwing them under the bus – they play the game. We looked fine and we looked comfortable, but we’ve lost the game 3-1 and that’s not good enough.”

It was a result that was tough to take for everyone associated with the club, but at the same time Robbo highlighted the characteristics missing with today's performance.

“It’s tough, but it just isn’t good enough. When Ben went down I told them not to be passive and to keep their shape - I felt they did that. With around 75-80 minutes gone I felt like I was having to drive some of the players to run, which isn’t right.”

“There are times when we don’t come out with the ball after duels and times when we don’t run in behind. I don’t see us operating as a collective.“

Pic credit: Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images.

Click on the link below to listen to Robbo's full post-match reaction.


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