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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins provides AFC Wimbledon reaction

9 August 2023


INTERVIEW: Mark Robins provides AFC Wimbledon reaction

9 August 2023

Mark Robins reflected on defeat against Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup first round.

Matty Godden had put City in front midway through the first half, but two late Wimbledon goals saw City exit the competition.

Speaking after the final whistle, Robins gave his post-match reaction.


Reflecting on the result…

“It’s disappointing and it’s a bad habit. It’s a brilliant goal their second one, but I don’t think we deserved anything anyway.

“We could have won if we did things right, but we didn’t do that. We didn’t pick the right passes and went too long at times and it was unlike us.

“We couldn’t get to grips with our midfield and the choice of pass wasn’t brilliant and really, they should’ve been a couple of goals up before we got the penalty.

“We were a bit lucky coming in 1-0 up and you talk about that at half time and talk about how we can put that right and be better and we end up looking poor.


New side…

“It’s a new team and I have to be careful with what I’m saying because it’s a new team.

“We’re making changes for physical reasons at the moment rather than tactical reasons because we want to get everyone fit.”


Thomas missing out…

“Bobby Thomas has picked up an injury and couldn’t play tonight.

“Joel should’ve come off but we couldn’t afford to take him off. And he didn’t really need that.

“I think Ryan Howley found it tough against a League Two side who were really physical.”


Work in progress…

“When Gus comes off, and he’s not up to speed yet, and he needed minutes under his belt, and when he comes off it doesn’t link well at the moment and that’s something we have to work on.

“It’s a work in progress and the games come thick and fast. We just didn’t cope with them well enough which is majorly disappointing.”


Missed chances…

“We didn’t take that second chance and you always run the risk. They get one back and their tails are up, but you expect to defend properly.

“You rue the missed opportunities, and it isn’t something that is too surprising due to the turn around and the newness of the team and it didn’t look like a team in the middle of the park but things will get better.”


Moving forward…

“We will get better. We look like strangers at the minute, but they are good players that will get better fairly quickly.

“They just need to keep their confidence and they are good, and we saw evidence of that on Sunday.

“When we get to the tactical changes, I can make we have options there but they all need to be up to speed and we need to do the work.”




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