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Robinson: Shift in mentality won us the game

11 August 2021

Shrimps boss Stephen Robinson believes a change in mentality was the reason why his team saw off Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn Rovers in Round One of the Carabao Cup.

Down 1-0 at half-time, Robinson made the switch from 4-3-3 to accommodate two strikers up top, and despite the change in formation on the night, he puts the win down to an attitude shift.  

“The second-half performance was literally a change in mentality, we stepped forward, and we pressed the game. We changed the system but it was the shift in mentality for me that won us the game tonight,” he said. 

“They are a very good side with some very good, technical players but if you give them that much time on the ball like we did first-half, they will hurt you and they did. 

“Second-half was completely different, I thought we pressed them, created chances and we deserved the win.” 

The Shrimps went onto score twice in the second-half, with Cole Stockton netting his third goal in two games, before Adam Phillips rifled a spot-kick in from 12-yards to give the travelling fans a night to remember. 

Robinson was full of praise for the winning goalscorer, admitting that he knew the ball was going to end up in the back of the Rovers net. 

He added: “He’s technically gifted, when he puts the hard-work in, with the technical talent he has, like he did in the second half, he is going to be a top top footballer. 

“I think it was the first time that I have actually believed that someone was actually going to score a penalty because his technique is so good. 

“It was his first game for a long time, he is slowly getting used to my way of working and if he continues to get to the levels that I want him to get to, he could be a big player for us.”

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