Robins - Result was down to players commitment

Last updated : 13 January 2008 By Deano
Robins insists he knew it would be a tough game despite struggling Lincoln's league position, and that the result was a fair reflection of his players efforts throughout.

Speaking after the game to the press, the manager gave his summary of the afternoon.

"We knew it would be tough as the City manager has them fired up with a five point plan for survival. They came out and gave us a real scare to start with and it could have been two a piece in the first five minutes.

"We started slowly in terms of being switched on but the ball was being played forward quickly and they were a handful up front.

"Jamie Forrester has a load of experience and he caused us a few problems with his movement while the lad Wright alongside him was a real handful all game.

"We took our goals well, Derek (Holmes pictured left) deserves great credit for his hat-trick as they are the goals we have been trying to work on in training and he got in on the far post, it will do him the world of good as he thoroughly deserved it.

"At the end of the day the result was a reward for our efforts, we had changed to 4-3-3 to have a go at them as we knew they would try to come to us so we felt we had enough to cope with defensively while trying to hit them the other way.

"It worked to a point although it went against us with the ball being switched so quickly before we settled into our rhythm to play some good stuff. Danny Harrison is doing an unsung role really well but I have said to the lads that we need a bit more composure at times and that happened when Ian Ross came on. To a man they all deserved credit for coming back after last week's narrow defeat to pick up an excellent three points.

"Chris O'Grady was better today, Taylor worked hard although I would have liked to see him stick the ball in the net while Derek got in all the right areas to get his just reward.

"For their goal Andy Warrington and Graham Coughlan showed a lack of communication. We had looked fairly comfortable to throw away the lead but came back again straight away to go in front.

"The late sending off of the City player looked fairly justified while we live to fight another day as we have come through unscathed. Our fans were absolutely magnificent, they keep turning up to away grounds and it's superb. Now I would like to see them turn up at Millmoor where we hope not to let them down against Wycombe."

The Millers dropped back down to third place this afternoon after Hereford's 3-1 home victory over Shrewsbury.
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