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Robbo’s reaction after defeat at Wigan

Manager interviewed after away loss

5 March 2022

Mark Robinson felt that a lack of conviction in the final third cost his side any chance of securing a draw at Wigan today.

The Dons managed to put promotion-chasers Wigan on the back foot in the latter stages, but creating chances was another matter.

"We were in the ascendancy at the end, but there was not enough quality at key moments. There were too many crosses not clearing the first man and not enough crosses full stop when we got into key areas, so we went with two up top. 

"I felt that the change in shape worked as it stopped them using the three at the back because they had been troubling us with the switches in play, but then we didn't do enough damage in attack. There was not enough quality in the final third. We didn't need to over complicate it, just get some crosses into the box and cause some chaos in there."

Our Head Coach added that his players didn't play to their strengths after second-half changes.

"Dan (Csoka) did very well when he came on as he gave us more balance at the back, and then we went with two up top, but they have to play in a way that is effective. We had one player with pace who needed to be facing forward, not facing backwards, and another player who is strong and must bring people into play. Did that happen enough? No, it didn't, so I need to look at that, but it's just the basics of football.

"If you have pace then you have to be playing off the shoulder, and you certainly can't let your opponent get in front and take balls off you. 

"We didn't carry any more of a threat with two up top, though we looked better balanced as a side."

A big thanks to the 307 Dons fans who made the long trip up north today (photo by Ian Stephen, Pro Sports Images).

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