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Robinson can't criticise players' performance

19 January 2022

Manager Stephen Robinson says it was hard to criticise the performance of his players in the 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.

The Latics came from a goal down to pick up all three points at the Mazuma Stadium, and Robinson thinks the result would have been a lot different if two refereeing decisions would have went the Shrimps’ way. 

He said: “It is very hard for me to be critical of the players after that one, they went toe-to-toe against one of the best teams in the division with the finances and the quality that they have got. 

“Their second goal is a foul and we should have had had a blatant penalty, James McClean, he misses the ball and handles the ball, it is simple. 

“I would love to hear the referees explanation on that, no doubt we will get another apology, that will be our fourth of the season, but those decisions change the game and things have gone against us again.” 

Despite those talking points, Robinson was impressed with the way his side dominated the first-half and says there were a lot of positives to take from the game against one of the sides tipped for promotion this season. 

He added: “We dominated the game in the first-half and we deserved to take the lead, we landed on second balls, we showed a lot of drive and energy. 

“There were some magnificent performances out there, Trevor Carson’s distribution was excellent, Jacob Bedeau alongside Anthony O’Connor, they were both brilliant. 

“The midfield again were very good and Cole [Stockton] finds the back of the net, we just need to keep believing in what we do as you cannot control anything else that goes on around us.” 

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