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Robinson Thoroughly Disappointed With Saturday’s Defeat

2 October 2016

Manager Stephen Robinson was thoroughly disappointed with his side’s performance during the 0-2 home defeat to MK Dons.

A goal in either half was enough to secure the Dons the win and the gaffer admitted his side were poor yesterday.

He said: "It was a deserved result because MK Dons were the better team throughout. We didn’t turn up again and it’s as simple as that. 

“Only two or three players could come out with any credit and it was the same performance as last Saturday. 

“We played really well Tuesday night and to go from that high to how poor I thought we were today then it’s not good. 

"I told a few players a few home truths that they are kidding themselves a bit but all we ask from them is a desire, energy and work ethic from them and only three players came out and did that. 

"We were negative and every touch we took was backwards in the first half. Jamie Reckord had to come off at half time and that influenced what we could do substitution wise which added insult to injury. 

“We were positive after the game against Charlton but it looked like we performed with fear which was a big worry for me."

The first goal came from a mistake from goalkeeper Connor Ripley but Robinson refused to blame his number one.

“Rippers has been superb since he came in and keeps us in games every week and we had plenty of time to react to that,” he commented. 

“We didn’t lose the game because Connor made a mistake and we had plenty of time to react but we didn’t today.”
 
The manager fully understood the fans’ frustrations after the game: “The crowd get on their back rightly so today,” Robinson admitted. 

“We would love them to stay with us for 90 minutes and then voice their opinion after the game but we live in an x-factor world where people want instant success. 

"They pay their money and they are entitled to their opinion. We were completely flat and lacked the energy we had on Tuesday night which is the most disappointing thing. 

“We have to give them something to get behind."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD.

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