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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Reflects on Wimbledon Result

The Sky Blues held by the Dons...

12 January 2019

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins was left feeling frustrated after his side drew 1-1 with AFC Wimbledon at the Ricoh Arena.

Despite falling behind in the first minute due to a Jake Jervis goal, a Luke Thomas strike in the second half got City back on level terms.

However, Robins was left feeling unsatisfied with just the single point.

“It’s like a number of games that we’ve had this season, we actually played really well.” He said.

“The thing with today is that whilst it’s a disappointment that we haven’t won, it is a game we should have won.

“We’ve been chasing it from ninety seconds in which isn’t ideal at any time, but we did that, and we were brave passing the ball.

“The pitch is in a really difficult state, so they can be congratulated for trying to pass it as well as they did do on that surface and it cost us at times, but we have to live with it and keep moving the ball as quickly as we can.”

Despite the testing conditions of the Ricoh Arena pitch, Robins insists that a bit more composure in front of goal would have seen the Sky Blues pick up the win.

He said: “I’m encouraging them to pass the ball and create chances like they have done.

“If we could shoot with conviction and have that confidence to shoot, then we win that game really handsomely and that is the disappointment.

“They have had a couple of chances during the game that we have given them, but then I’m asking them to play in areas that sometimes they’re making wrong decisions. Kelly, for instance, tries to beat his man in the middle of the pitch when he’s one against one, and we can’t do that.”

Although the manager was left disappointed with a draw, he believes that there are some positives to take from today’s result.

“On the back of it, we’ve come from a goal down. On the face of it, people will say that they are bottom of the league.

“However, they’re on a better run of results than we are, so we’ve got to be realistic in terms of where we are and where we have been.

“We’ve won three on the bounce, lost one, and we’ve just drawn this one which is clearly better than the run of results prior to this.

“I can see that there are good signs, but it’s the finishing that’s the big thing for us.”


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