Date: 2nd September 2015 at 7:13pm
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Manager Mark Robins has given an honest assessment of our Johnstone’s Paint Trophy loss to Barnsley last night.

Having suffered a second Cup competition exit to manager Lee Johnson’s side this season, following on from August’s Capital One Cup loss, Robins told the Official Site that last night we again just weren’t good enough when it came to our play in the final third of the pitch.

‘It`s the same again really. We`ve passed the ball okay up until the final third and made some not so great decisions when we`ve had chances to score. We`ve got to be better when we get into those positions. I picked a young forward line with Tom Hopper and Kyle Wootton, with Hakeeb Adelakun just behind them. We got into some decent positions but couldn`t quite capitalise and get the opening goal. We then went down to ten men and they got a corner and we didn`t see it out.’

Robins went on to say that the timing of the goal wasn’t great as Jack King was off the pitch at the point receiving treatment on a head wound that in the end needed three stitches, but he felt we couldn’t coped with the moment better despite that.

‘The timing of the goal was poor from our point of view and we`re disappointed. Jack King required three stitches in his head and we had to make a decision based on what was coming through. He hadn`t even got one stitch in at the time, but the ball stayed in play for a while so we couldn`t make the change and Jack came back as we`d just made the change.’

One thing Robins did admit was that it certainly wasn’t the ‘most attractive game’ and it was ‘dull’ and fans of both clubs will see far better entertainment before the end of the year, but for him he felt we had created enough on the day to have amde it count and secured progression if we’d been cleverer and made better decisions when it came to the final ball around their box.

‘We`ve created enough chances to score, but made poor decisions in the final third and conceded two really sloppy and poor goals. I`ve got every faith in the players. We have to be ruthless and we have to be honest; tonight that wasn`t good enough and we will regroup for Saturday. We want the players to learn on the job while trying to get the results.’


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