Karl Robinson tore up the training schedule this week in a bid to ‘freshen things up’ as the Dons look to put an end to their dip in form.
The Dons players all reported for training on Wednesday, which was due to be their day off, on the back on Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Crawley Town. And rather than train at their Woughton on the Green base before making their way to Scunthorpe, Robinson’s men are set to stop en route to North Lincolnshire to finish their preparations for the game in a different surrounding.
In the past week the Dons have lost to Stevenage and Crawley – suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time this season, and along with it their unbeaten run of seven League games came to an end. Now Robinson, who admits he has had to lift the spirits of his players, is hoping a new mindset amongst the team will help his side claw back the nine-point deficit between them and automatic promotion.
He said: “We’ve changed it up this week to break up some sort of curse or some bad luck that’s on us. We had a big staff meeting on Thursday and we decided the players would come in for a double session on Wednesday so they were all in after the game. Whereas we’d normally train and then travel, we’re going to travel and then train so we’re just changing the whole schedule.
“We’re just trying to change it up a bit. We’ve tried to change the routine; we’ve changed the mentality and freshened things up.”
The most pressing concern for the Dons is the lack of goals, having gone three games without finding the back of the net and while Robinson is taking the positives from the chances that have been created he has urged all of his players to step up and take responsibility, not just the strikers.
“In the last three games we’ve had chances that are beyond belief. They’re the type of chances that you pray for and it’s been happening two or three times a game. I’m not going to hang anybody out to dry, collectively it’s been difficult. We’ve got to make sure we stay strong and I’ll back them.
“We’re not winning games so I’ll take the responsibility because I’m the manager and I’ve got to put it right, and I know the players will do everything in their power to put it right too. Obviously we want to get ourselves out of this and if we keep performing like we have been then we will do, quite comfortably.”
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