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ROBINS RUES MISSED OPPORTUNITY

24 September 2013

Boss proud of youngsters, but wanted more

Mark Robins was content with his youngsters following the Capital Cup One defeat at Hull, but admitted that he wanted more from them.

“We played within ourselves, the lads are better than what they showed,” said Mark.

“I am not disappointed with what they have done, but they weren’t brave enough. It isn’t a derogatory thing because it is a learning curve. We were better when Duane Holmes came on because he showed the bright spark that I was looking for. I expected a good performance from him and it was a very good cameo.

“We were a little pedestrian at times and we didn’t pass the ball forward with any quality. We needed to retain the ball better.”

Although Town tasted defeat, Mark felt the experience his youngsters will have gained could prove invaluable.

“I am disappointed to be out of the competition, but it gave me a chance to look at the lads that I wanted to. 

“I set my standards very high and I don’t see a problem with that. The players need to reach those standards sooner or later. I want the players to reach for the stars and even if we don’t get there we will improve. I can sound critical at times, but there is more in them. 

“The only way that we are going to develop players is by exposing them to first team football," Mark continued. "The step up from U21 football is big and it is great that they have had a taste of it tonight. I am proud of what they did, but there is more to come.”

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