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Robinson says scoreline doesn’t paint true picture of the game

2 February 2022

Stephen Robinson says the Shrimps can be confident looking ahead following a strong second-half performance against Sheffield Wednesday.

George Byers opened the scoring for Wednesday on 55 minutes with a long-range strike before Nathaniel Mendez-Laing put the game to bed two minutes from time with a deflected effort.

Despite leaving South Yorkshire empty handed, Robinson says his side can take plenty of confidence, especially from their performance in the second 45.

“I’m proud of the boys tonight,” he said.

“To come here in a stadium like this, I thought we totally dominated the second half, we took the game to them.

“We were a little bit passive in the first-half, they overran us for 15/20 minutes, we made a change to the system second half and the boys were superb.

“[We] pressed them, took the game to them, fine lines in football again, they score a 30-yard wonder goal, we have a goal disallowed in the first half that comes off them so Cole [Stockton] can’t be offside.

“We have to take the positives from that and take the performance into Saturday against Bolton because, if we go and press them the same way as we did against Sheffield Wednesday, if we can go and press a club like that with players of that calibre away from home, we can certainly do it at home against Bolton.”

With games in Sky Bet League One coming thick and fast, players returning from injury is a bonus to Robinson, who says there is real competition for places within the squad at an integral stage of the campaign.

He added: “I thought Adam [Phillips] was terrific tonight at times, he gives us that creative spark, he just broke his way back into the team when he got injured.

“We’ve got competition for places now, we have, Jon Obika comes back, he’s looking back to full fitness, we’ve got Courtney [Duffus] on his way back, we’ve got Dylan [Connolly] in as well.

“We’ve got competition for places and, as I say, we need everybody to carry us over the line to try and stay in this division.”


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