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Robinson disappointed to lose after large spells of dominance

30 October 2021


Robinson disappointed to lose after large spells of dominance

30 October 2021

Shrimps boss Stephen Robinson says he is disappointed to lose against Oxford United after a largely dominant display from his side.

Steve Seddon headed the U’s in front on 29 minutes before Cole Stockton netted his 13th goal in all competitions 19 minutes after the break.

The hosts secured the win following late goals from Mark Sykes and Matt Taylor respectively, and the gaffer believes his side were on the front foot for large portions of the game.

He said: “Anybody that wasn’t at the game would think we deserved to lose, and we did deserve to lose because we didn’t defend properly, but for large periods of the game, we dominated.

“We played some very good stuff, as usual, I’m repeating myself, but we’re not doing basics well simply.

“Balls go into our box, we lose the first contact, second contact, third contact for the first goal.

“Second goal the same, a long diagonal ball, lose the first contact, lose the second contact and the third goal, we don’t win the first header.

“When we got back to 1-1, the mindset is ‘we go and win it’ as opposed to ‘let’s not lose it’, that’s what we’re trying to get in.”

Irrespective of the defeat, the Shrimps’ boss says it’s important to stay focussed on what they’re good at instead of changing the style of play.

Robinson added: “We are a good side; we won’t do alright this year if we don’t stop conceding them goals.

“You can see we’re a side that wants to play, we play some very, very good football against, make no mistake, probably one of the best sides in the division that I’ve seen, and we dominate for large periods of the game.

“What we have to be very careful of is we don’t lose belief in what we’re doing, we can’t go long, we can’t be a long ball team, we don’t have the personnel, as I say, we have to start winning first and second contacts in areas that matter.

“When you play against a really good side that are better than you simply, you hold your hands up, that’s not been on too many occasions this year, and that’s the really frustrating bit.”

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