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Gaffer Disappointed By Southend United Defeat

18 December 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson was thoroughly disappointed with his players after yesterday’s 0-2 defeat to Southend United.

A goal in either half was enough to win the game for Phil Brown’s Shrimpers and gaffer Robinson gave his views after the game.

He said: "I’m very disappointed. There were four or give players who were uncognisable from what we seen on Tuesday night and what we seen on Saturday. 

"There seems to be a real fear factor of playing at home and I can’t put my finger on it. How can 3,500 fans intimidate players and I thought the crowd were really good today. 

"They didn’t get on the boys back and I probably would have done. If you can’t pass from five yards teach other then you are going to lose football matches. 

“I don’t think the fans put the players under any undue pressure and there is no excuse for not doing the simple basics right."

Athletic did have the chance to pull a goal back in the final minute of the game as Cameron Burgess hit the crossbar from close range.

“I think the sequence at the end of the game rounds off our season so far,” he commented. 

"We hit the crossbar, we miss from three yards and we mis-kicked one and that’s where are are. We do a lot of good stuff without any end product at all.”

Latics face a Boxing Day trip to Sheffield United next and the gaffer admitted: "We’re in tomorrow morning to correct this. We have a little period of time now to put things right. 

“You ask every player in there and they know what I want from them but being able to produce that week in, week out. 

"It seems like they can only do it for one performance and then for the next three or four games not produce it so the levels of consistency aren’t there.

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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