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2 March 2013

Manager gives his verdict following 4-1 defeat

Mark Robins felt his players were a bit soft after conceding three goals in five minutes to lose 4-1 against Brighton.

“If the game had lasted for 75 minutes we would have been alright, I would have been pleased,” said Mark.

“But they don’t and we need to stay in games for longer. We need to deal with corners better and then we need to deal with the disappointment better. Having said that, it was never a corner; I cannot for the life of me believe how the referee has given a corner because the Brighton player has kicked it straight out of play. You can’t legislate for a decision like that; even the penalty was a very harsh decision.

“There is only one way that we can compete against a team like Brighton because of the personnel that we have available and that is to be solid and hard to beat. I thought we could have posed more of a threat that we did, but we did well to get back into the game and I thought Vaughany’s (James) finish was excellent.

“We were positive at half time and did well up until the point when the wheels came off following the set-piece that wasn’t. We are a bit soft at the moment, mentally. The players need to take responsibility when they cross that white line. 

“We are talking to the players about how to react, but a lot of it comes from their make-up. Some of the players need to build on it, but at the moment we are doing what we can to keep a foothold in games to give us a chance of winning them.” 

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