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Robinson Praises Performance But Frustrated Not To Win

17 August 2016

Manager Steve Robinson was frustrated not to come away with three points last night but could not fault the effort of his players.

Latics recorded their second goalless draw in as many games last night against Northampton Town.

Lee Erwin went closest for Latics having his shot cleared off the line in the first half, whilst at the other end, new father Connor Ripley was alert to save Alex Revell’s strong header.

Robinson’s side pushed for the winner late on but were met by a stubborn Cobblers defence.

Speaking after the game, Robinson said: “I’m a little bit frustrated tonight because we played really well. We are disappointed in terms of the result but not the performance. 

“Rob Page has said that we have got a team of players who will run and die for the club and that’s a big compliment for any manager. 

"We just need the ball to go off anyones backside or someones shoulder or anything. We have had another one cleared off the line tonight so I have full belief in the players that I’ve brought in to the club. 

“People always see the negative side of things but we are three games unbeaten now and we have a team who is very hard to play against. 

“This is a team that the fans can relate to, they are running, putting there foot into everything and they will chase until the last minute so I can’t ask a single thing more from any of the players at the minute."

Charles Dunne was handed his debut and was part of the defence who kept their second clean sheet in as many games.

“The back four and midfield were solid and we threw changes on and went attacking,” Robinson explained.

“We threw young Calaum [Jahraldo-Martin] on, Charles Dunne has only trained three days and he filled in really well for Jamie Reckord who was not fit."

Latics will now rest and recover ahead of Saturday’s local derby clash with Bury.

“We will set up the same, we will be hard to beat, aggressive, run ourselves into the ground and that’s a minimum I require of every player,” said the manager. 

"It’s just the final third and it’s usually the last thing that clicks with a group of players. Lee Erwin is a big threat and I’ve worked with Billy Mckay for a long time so I know what he’s all about and the goals will come.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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