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Robinson Rues Missed Chances

11 January 2017

Manager Stephen Robinson rued his side’s missed chances last night as Latics exited the Checkatrade Trophy at the third round stage.

Darius Osei went closest to opening the scoring for Latics but was denied by a goal line clearance at the end of the first half.

Speaking about the game, Robinson said: “It’s the same story for us again, it’s five or six chances that we don’t put away. 

“Ryan McLaughlin goes one on one, George [Edmundson] has a header, Clarkey has a header, Darius [Osei] has one cleared off the line from three or four yards and if you don’t take your chances then you are going to lose games. 

“Both goals were disappointing to concede, one from a free kick, we got outstrengthed which was poor, but the second half performance was very disappointing.”

Whilst the manager accepted the blame for the defeat, he admitted to letting players know of his disappointment after the game.

“I’ve told a few of them to look in the mirror but ultimately I will take the blame for it in every way,” he commented. 

“People let themselves down tonight, let me down particularly as well, especially with their quality. 

“It was a scrappy game, we don’t mind that if you win 1-0 but we lacked quality in the final third. 

"We created chances but if you don’t score them you don’t win football matches. We can’t give up, we have to knuckle down.”

Gillingham visit SportsDirect.com Park on Saturday and the manager believes that is a huge game for his side. 

“Every game has been massive for the last two or three months with the position that we are in,” he said. 

“We have to pick ourselves up, we need to sign players and we need to get people in, I think it’s crying out for that and we can all see that. 

“We need players to score goals, until we do that we are not going to win football games."

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD

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