Opposition view: Unimpressed Robinson feels justice was served by penalty miss

Dons boss critical of his side despite dramatic victory

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 9:20 am
Updated Sunday, 28th March 2021, 9:24 am
Mark Robinson.

AFC Wimbledon manager Mark Robinson was left unimpressed by his side's performance despite their crucial, last-gasp victory over Northampton on Saturday.

Dons were the better team before half-time but struggled to create anything of note until Joe Pigott's 88th minute winner, which lifted them level on points with the Cobblers.

"I am quite pleased that it was a bit of a chaos goal," said Robinson. "It came from a set-piece, which is nice as well, and it was scruffy, but those are the goals we haven't been scoring enough of.

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"With any set-piece, it's all about the delivery. I thought we were quite a lot better than them in the first-half, but I didn't think we had enough purpose and intent when we got into the final third.

"I felt we were very controlled in the first-half and we had some decent spells, but it was nowhere near good enough. It’s not because I want us to have 50 or 60 passes. It’s because I want us to perform better.

"In the second-half we have created very, very little and we’ve not implemented our identity on the game. I just see things very differently. I’m very performance and process based.

"I’m not disappointed with three points – of course I’m not. I feel my job is not to get over emotional whether we win, draw or lose. There are lots of things we’ve got to do better – based on today’s performance We dropped our standards.”

Even after Pigott's late goal, Dons still needed goalkeeper Nikola Tzanev to claw away Sam Hoskins' penalty in stoppage-time.

"I have promised myself that I won't get involved in the referee's decisions," Robinson added. "But I don't know how the referee could tell it was a penalty.

"Their bench were asking what it was for, they didn't know. I had a good chat with the referee afterwards and asked him how he could see it because it was such a melee in there. I couldn't really see why it was given, but it is what it is, and Nik has pulled off a fantastic penalty save.

“He is a very good goalkeeper. I’ve already talked about his development and how it probably was hindered by the fact he had not played enough football over the years. Now he has got the opportunity, I’m sure he’ll continue to flourish.

“You kind of expect the worst when it was awarded. It’s not just a save – it’s a fantastic save. It’s not even a bad penalty. He deserves all the accolades."