“We Have To Learn”- Salford City Manager Bemoans Another Defeat

Salford City manager Karl Robinson has bemoaned his side’s missed chances whilst also laying into referee Dean Whitehouse for missing two penalty shouts for his side.

The Ammies lost 3-1 to his former employers MK Dons at Stadium MK. Matt Smith opened the scoring for the visitors, but Kyran Lofthouse, Alex Gilbey and Emre Tezgel responded for the home side to keep them within the automatic promotion hunt.

Robinson’s side have won just four times since he joined the club, but have lost two of their last three matches, including a 5-1 hammering by promotion-chasers Mansfield Town.

The Dons on the other hand are in fourth position, just two points behind the top three and have won three of their last four matches. The only defeat in those four matches came against AFC Wimbledon in a dramatic 1-0 reverse at Plough Lane.

Speaking to the Milton Keynes Citizen, Robinson was critical of the referee as well as his team:

“The referee has missed a clear penalty in the first-half. There is a clear elbow to the face. I also want to know where he got six minutes (of stoppage time) from, and then he played seven. But then made stupid mistakes.

“We were by far the better team for 20-odd minutes, but we went rogue in our lack of shape and discipline. We had stern words at half-time.

He continued: “But I think for large parts of that first-half, we were by far the better side. In the second-half, they didn’t have a shot on target and most of it was played in their half. You could see it was a better performance from us, but the result is the only thing that matters.

“We need to win, that’s a habit we have to learn.”

Two tough home games are on the horizon for the Ammies as they host second-placed Stockport County in midweek before Morecambe visit next Saturday.

Writer’s View

Robinson is clearly feeling the pressure, although they still look good value to avoid relegation this season. Losing against his former team will have stung, but they will be up there come the end of the season and inflict defeat on more sides than just Salford.

His job is safe so it will be a massive summer for the Greater Manchester-based side. A lot will depend on who he can get through the door. Robinson is the right man for the job.

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