Carl Robinson neglects raging fans’ opinions

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After his team was booed off the field by fans following their 2-0 loss to Macarthur FC at Commbank Stadium on Saturday, Western Sydney Wanderers coach Carl Robinson has taken responsibility for the club’s terrible start to the season.

After an hour of play, defender Tomislav Uskok broke the stalemate with a second-half goal, while substitute Jake Hollman sealed the win for Ante Milicic’s side in the 74th minute.

They suffered a poor defeat four days after being crushed by semi-professional club APIA Leichhardt in the FFA Cup, adding to the pressure on Robinson, who had to swallow the pill of enraged supporters.

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“If you want to blame someone, blame me,” Robinson said about the Wanderer’s disappointing performance since the season’s opening.

The team was short of Jack Rodwell and Tomer Hemed after they were injured in the Wanderers’ lacklustre win over Wellington last week.

For much of the first hour, the Bulls stayed deep and let Western Sydney to attack, but the home side was unable to break through despite dominating ball possession.

Robinson was philosophical after the match, despite mounting pressure on the coach.

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“The one thing people can’t do is criticise my work ethic or my will to try and win, so I will continue to do that as much as I can,” he stated.

“You can control all controllables, and that’s what I do, you can look at the deep-rooted analogies and thought processes of a lot of people, experts and so on, there’s a common theme.”

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In the previous season he coached teenagers and it just didn’t work. Now he wants to create a nucleus of players in his desired age range by being ‘brave’.

“I also need to win, it’s a results-driven business” he added.

Disappointment and pressure is to be expected when results aren’t delivered. Robinson must simply do a better job if he’s to subdue fans who would prefer to be doing the Poznan than booing their team.

Feature Image: Steve Christo

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Paloma Darjani
Covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

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