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Robinson: “I Thought We Fully Deserved The Win.”

6 November 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson was delighted to progress through to the second round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers.

Substitute Ryan Flynn scored the opening goal of the game in the half before assisting Billy Mckay for Athletic’s second of the game. 

Although Doncaster pulled one back into additional time, the manager felt his side fully deserved the win.

He said: “I thought we thoroughly deserved it and it should have been more than two if I’m completely honest. 

“I thought we dominated large parts of the game, we had a lot of chances and played some very good football. 

“We were nervy to start with which is understandable in the last two games that we have lost as people feel the pressure a little bit but I thought after the first 10 minutes we controlled the game and passed the ball really well. 

“We made it very hard work in the last 10 minutes and I think we played with about six men, Ryan McLaughlin had cramp, Charles Dunne had cramp, Ollie Banks had cramp and Ryan Flynn had two ankles that had lumps kicked out of. 

“It was a difficult 10 minutes but they showed tremendous character to stay out, and it was great performances from the whole of the back four.

“We took our chances today and that’s been the difference between today and the last few weeks." 

Flynn earned himself man of the match with an impressive display and he earned praise from the gaffer.

“He took his goal really well and he set Billy Mckay up for the second goal as well,” he commented. 

“He was terrific when he came on and we gave people chances today and it probably worked in our favour that Flynny came on after five or 10 minutes. 

“It was disappointing for Carl Winchester to go off early with a hamstring tweak but we will assess his injury for Tuesday night.” 

Mckay netted his third goal of the season with a real striker’s finish and Robinson believes the best is still to come from the striker. 

“I’ve worked with Billy a long time and Billy is a really good finisher,” he said. “He has had chances and we’ve tried to tweak his game where he stays a lot more central. 

"He has a brilliant work ethic and sometimes that can be detrimental to him scoring goals. He works so hard and he’s a clever player who sees danger so he drops into areas. 

“He showed today what a good player he is, he scored and he could have had a few more so I thought he was terrific and we are delighted with him.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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