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ROBINS: NOT GOOD ENOUGH

30 March 2013

Mark offers honest verdict

Mark Robins told htafc.com that his side weren’t good enough from back to front as Hull succumbed them to a one goal defeat. 

George Boyd’s strike earlier in the second half secured the three points for the Tigers.

“I was disappointed that we didn’t get a free-kick in the build-up to the goal, but you can’t rely on the referee. From back to front today we weren’t good enough,” said Mark.

“There was only one player on the pitch who would have scored their goal and it fell to that man for Hull today. He hit it brilliantly and gave Alex (Smithies) no chance.

“From there they were very difficult to break down. They overloaded the midfielder and made it difficult for us to play through them, especially with two men up front. We were getting over-run at times and getting dragged out of position.”

Town had done well to limit the automatic promotion chasers during the first half, but Boyd’s strike dented the home side’s chances in the second 45. 

“I knew that I had plenty of talent on the bench in the second half to change the game, but it just didn’t go to plan – the game got away from us. They were happy to soak up the pressure and it was very difficult to get balls into the box because of the surface, especially when we were on the run.”

Although a narrow defeat to second in the league may not sound like the worst result, Mark wasn’t willing to accept such a theory. 

“You could say that, but Peterborough have just beaten Cardiff and teams down the bottom are picking up points regularly,” he said. “You try and work at how many points you need to stay up and it is forever changing – it will take a record amount of points for teams to stay up this season. 

“We have got a lot of games against teams in and around us and we have got enough about us to win those games. We will pick ourselves up and go again for what will be an interesting end to the season.”

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