Now Robiins has urged his players to enjoy their time off but come back raring to go next week: "What we have to do now is keep tuned in and be focused when we come back so we can get enough points to get to safety. That has always been the priority.
"The players are tired and the chance to get away with their families, take stock and have a clean break for a couple of days will do them no harm at all.
"I know I keep saying this, but the points penalty has had a massive impact on our season and on the staff, Tony Stewart and everyone else.
"It's a big thing and just look at how the other clubs who have been deducted points in our league have coped. Our players deserve credit. There has been big mental as well as physical pressure on them to go out and produce results and they have done that for the most part.
"The poor sequence or results we've had lately has come at the end of a busy run of games. The Premier League clubs don't play as many games as us and even they complain they need a break.
"People need to understand what we have come through. The players have worked their socks off and I'm proud of them."