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ROBINS: IT WAS MEN AGAINST BOYS

19 February 2013

Mark “embarrassed” by Forest outing

Mark Robins pulled no punches in his summary of Town’s 6-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.

“I honestly can’t believe how naïve we have been,” he said.

“At the moment I just have to take the result on the chin; I have had two and a half days to work with the players and try and get across what we need to do. 

“You need to win your individual battles and we have seen tonight what happens when you don’t. I know we have had a day less to recover and really the game should have been played tomorrow night, but we didn’t work as hard as them or track their runners. We weren’t at the races when we didn’t have possession of the football; it was men against boys.

“When we had the ball we looked fairly promising. We created a couple of very good openings and missed some gilt edged chances. The first 15 minutes was very good, but then all of sudden we started over playing and Forest punished us. 

“If it wasn’t for Alex Smithies it could have easily been one or two more.”

James Vaughan gave Town the perfect start, but were soon on the back foot as Forest laid siege on Alex Smithies’ goal.

“We need to start picking up points very soon because we are right in the middle of a relegation scrap,” he told htafc.com. “The lads who have been here a long time worked their socks off to get out of League 1 and it would be an absolute travesty to throw that away.

“I would expect the players to be absolutely devastated because I am; it is the most embarrassed that I have been in all my time as a manager. We are in a situation where our performances need to be better; if you are playing well regularly results will come. We need to pick ourselves up quickly because we have got a massive game against Ipswich on Saturday and I expect much better.”

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