Date: 30th November 2015 at 4:40pm
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Manager Mark Robins and Chairman Peter Swann have given their reactions following the heavy defeat to Peterborough at the weekend.

Audio – Robins On Peterborough Defeat

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference a disappointed Robins was left calling on the team to show a reaction to the loss once more as consistency continues to not be his friend as we went down four nil having beaten Bury in the last match.

‘We`ve conceded four goals at home without reply and it`s just not good enough. The only way to respond is positively and the only way we can do that is by having a reaction next week. There weren`t too many things wrong but organisationally we weren`t great at all. We need to start taking responsibility when things are tough, organise better, talk better. When the ball is there to be won we need to go and win it, do it properly and towards the end of the game we started to do that but it was too late and we conceded some soft goals.’

With back to back home defeats at Glanford following the Bradford loss, Robins went on to say that consistency is clearly our enemy at the moment but the only way to sort it out is through hard work.

‘You`ve got to have a consistent squad. There`s been too many off days and it`s a mental thing. We`ve got to learn how to deal with things better. It`s tough but certainly isn`t beyond the realms of sorting out. We need to be better, we need to bounce back and I know we will – that`s the frustrating thing but we`ve got to get back on the training field as soon as we can and build for next week. We`ve got an FA Cup tie so it`s a bit of a breather from the league and we`ll try and get through into the next round. Bish picked up his fifth booking so we`ll be without him but we`ll be fully focused on trying to get ourselves through.’

Following what was accurately and appropriately called a ‘capitulation’ by the chairman, Swann released a statement following the game explaining.

‘Firstly I must state my true disappointment, in the way the team capitulated during the second half of yesterday’s match. This was certainly one of the most disappointing performances I have seen since I took over and one that embarrasses not only the club, but also the management. The hard work they put in week in week out is undone in such a short time and we can only express our apologies for that second half display.’

Swann says he continues to stand by the players but it is down to them to make ‘amends’ for that loss and he admits like fans, patience has been stretched to the limit with our form this year.

‘From now on there are no excuses. The players on the fringe of this team should be knocking on Mark’s door on Monday morning and demanding the opportunity to play after what was dished out against Peterborough, where only a couple of players could hold their heads high. That is not good enough, we expect passion, commitment and energy and we lacked all of that on a day when we should be thinking about play-offs, not just getting through the game.’

Tellingly he added.

‘We as a club strive to improve ourselves and to deliver a team of players who can take us places, whilst being paid a good wage and being treated well. In return we only ask for 100% on a match day, a fair trade in my book. The players need to respond and respond quickly, that is the only way we can alleviate the previous game and really the only way they can gain our faith back.’

He ended his statement by saying that some players should naturally be ‘looking over their shoulder’ at this point and for him that’s no bad thing with the January transfer window coming as if they aren’t doing the job they are paid to do, they are of no use to the club.

‘We will get over it, we always do, but it is not less painful and raw at the time and I wanted you, the fans to know my frustration. To the team, we as fans expect a response, so get us into the next round of the FA Cup and kick on towards the play offs!’

Quite a strongly worded defence of the manager there – some will no doubt wonder if this proves to be the dreaded vote of confidence in the future, but clearly for now Robins has Swann’s faith and as is right – some players need to take a look in the mirror and make a choice.

Defeats happen, the manner of defeat speaks volumes.

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