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Head coach Mark Robinson excited by potential of AFC Wimbledon – South London News

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BY DANIEL MARSH

AFC Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson has hailed the “potential” of his aspect after their current turnaround in kind – and admitted that he’s “having fun with each second” of his time in cost.

Robinson took the reins at the start of February, and has slowly however certainly steered the Dons in the precise route. The most up-to-date run of kind, nevertheless, has seen Wimbledon motoring in direction of security after recording 4 consecutive league wins – a feat they final achieved again in April 2016.

When requested in regards to the turnaround in fortune, the Dons boss defined: “We weren’t shedding – we misplaced two video games over Easter the place we have been the higher aspect, and the stats again up the equal of what we’re doing now. We have been twelfth within the kind information over that interval earlier than this run. We’ve simply labored arduous on frequently including that subsequent step.

“I feel that we probably didn’t play ahead fast sufficient. We have been having extra possession however didn’t carry as a lot menace as we probably might. I maintain saying it, however the important thing factor after we got here collectively as a bunch, was that we [had to] grow to be arduous to beat. We hadn’t received in 11 video games and our aim distinction was minus 20. So you’re not going to show that right into a crew that’s going to win each week. The very first thing we needed to do was to grow to be arduous to beat. I felt we did that, the video games that we misplaced have been by the odd aim. Then clearly you seek for the subsequent bit and the subsequent bit while remaining arduous to beat.

“That’s what’s occurred actually, we’ve labored arduous to search out that additional bit, however once more nothing’s secured. If you don’t maintain working arduous then it will get taken away from you, so we’ve acquired to maintain striving to be the aspect that we wish to be.

“I’m hoping that everybody can see the potential of the crew. They’re completely incredible to work with – I’m having fun with each second and I’ve achieved because the phrase go. I feel if you happen to look again in interviews, even when outcomes weren’t fairly going our means, I’m nonetheless having fun with each second working with them. They’re shopping for into every thing we’re doing and I actually hope their potential is being recognised.”

Robinson additionally reserved particular reward for Alex Woodyard and Ollie Palmer. The Wimbledon skipper picked the right time to web his first aim for the membership after being teed up by Palmer, who left the sector late within the second half favouring his rib.

“[Woodyard’s] been completely excellent. The final 4 or 5 video games, longer than that really, he’s been excellent and he completely deserves that. You can see how a lot he loved it and the way in style he’s with the gamers. It was an important end, so I’m actually happy for him.

“Ollie’s gone into spasm – he’s advantageous. He’s been nice. Having him match and with the ability to play him has positively been a profit. That’s definitely no disrespect to Ryan Longman, who’s achieved excellently as effectively. I assumed he was excellent when he got here on and will have put the sport to mattress. Ollie’s given us that little bit of a distinct dimension and I feel persons are seeing what a extremely good footballer he’s – he’s most likely a really totally different participant to what lots of folks thought.”

Pic: Keith Gillard

 

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