Head coach Robinson focused on Wimbledon, not the Cobblers, for big relegation battle

Dons duo could return this weekend

Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:26 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:30 am
Mark Robinson was appointed Dons head coach last month.
Mark Robinson was appointed Dons head coach last month.

AFC Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson says '80 per cent' of his focus will be on his own team, not the Cobblers going into Saturday's relegation six-pointer at Plough Lane.

Robinson was appointed head coach last month but Wimbledon have not won any of their last seven matches, although five of those have been draws

The Dons are second-bottom in League One, three points behind the Cobblers, but have at least one game in hand on all the teams around them.

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Robinson said: "We put 80 focus on ourselves and 20 per cent on the opponent and when you do that, people say you're not worrying about the opposition enough but it's not that.

"That 20 per cent has to be looking at the real detail but it's so key that if you want to play the style of football we want to and you want the players to feel empowered, a lot of the talk has to be about what we do.

"Otherwise, they'll go out worrying about the opposition. It's obviously important to know the threats of the other team collectively and as individuals, but it's also so key that they realise what good players they are and what they can achieve,"

Ethan Chislett and Dan Csoka could be fit enough to take to the field this weekend but Paul Kalambayi, Huseyin Biler, Darnell Johnson and Sam Walker are all long-term absentees.

"Ethan's looking bright and his Achilles problem has settled down nicely so he's been training," said Robinson. "And it's good news with Dan because it's nowhere near as bad as we first thought and he did a modified session and will be training again. It's just heavy bruising."