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Sticking together

17 September 2013

Skipper Robbo calls on team to bounce back against Blackpool

Millwall captain Paul Robinson has called on his team-mates to put Saturday's 5-1 defeat to Derby County behind them and focus on an improved display against League leaders Blackpool on Tuesday night.

Robbo, speaking in his notes in Tuesday's edition of The Lion, admitted that the players were "surprised and extremely disappointed" with the result against The Rams, but that they would be going all out to put an end to their poor home form against Paul Ince's table toppers.

"I felt that we started Saturday's game well but were then extremely disappointed to concede from a set-piece. And, unfortunately, going a goal down seemed to hit us really hard and we struggled to respond or cope with the setback," he said.

"Unfortunately for us, and barring the first eight or nine minutes, the 2-0 scoreline (at half-time) was probably a fair reflection of the way the game had gone up to that point.

"We came out for the second 45 minutes with every intention and belief that we could put on an improved display and try to find a way back into the game, but suffered another cruel setback when Shane was sent off.

"The lads worked hard from that point onwards but with a man advantage Derby put us to the sword and made the most of the situation.

"After a defeat the best thing that can happen is for you to get back out on the pitch as soon as possible, and that's the opportunity we have on Tuesday.

"As everyone is aware, our home form has been very disappointing for a long time now, but we have to make sure that Saturday is the bottom of that dip now.

"We have to turn it around, and whilst everybody was stinging, disappointed and hurt on Saturday, we have always responded to results like that in the past. Importantly, we will stick together, regroup, and go again as a club.

"We can never guarantee a result, but what we can do it assure you, the fans, that everybody will do their utmost to put in a performance, to exert their full energy and come back with the fighting spirit and desire to get a result and give Blackpool a great test."

For more from Robbo, take a look at his programme notes on pages 8 & 9 of Tuesday's edition of The Lion, available around the ground for just £3.

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