Dunfermline Athletic

Late late horror haunts Lee

Friday, 9th Feb 2018

"There is nothing more difficult than for that to happen in the last seconds. It was a horrendous feeling and hard to take."

Lee Robinson cannot wait to get back on the pitch after last Saturday`s defeat to Morton. The 31 year old keeper has taken the blame for dropping two points in a match that he felt they should have drawn at the very least. He revealed that he had never felt so bad after a game as he did at Cappielow.

"For me we were comfortable for the whole game and could have been a couple up. There is nothing more difficult than for that to happen in the last seconds. It was a horrendous feeling and hard to take."

Losing to a late goal against Morton for the third time this season has been nasty for all concerned. In September Morton came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in front of their home fans and Jai Quitongo`s winner came in the third minute of added time.

Then last month Quitongo came off the bench to score the 85th minute winner to knock the Pars out of the Scottish Cup. Saturday`s winner was tucked away by Gary Oliver in 90th minute. Lee commented:-

"In the cup game we were the better team, last weekend it was a lot worse. We were the better team and they didn`t cause us too many problems."

Every match in the Championship seems to be evenly contested and results can hinge on one single incident. Lee felt that the margins are really fine and cited Derek Gaston keeping out a powerful Nicky Clark header with his chest as an example.

"Similar to what happened at home as well when it hit the goalie`s elbow. You can say that they are great saves but we should be scoring them. That is the difference.

"Long term you want to look like a good team and have success but right now you would take playing crap and getting a scrappy goal. That`s football, you can play great all game, not take your chances, not have the luck, let one in at the other end at the last minute and everything is terrible, everything is bad.

"Or you play really bad and then something goes in off the striker`s backside in the last second and everything is rosy. To get in the play offs we need to be getting breaks."

"We have got a good game on Saturday to bounce back with. It has been hard waiting for it all week but tomorrow last week will be forgotten about.

"They can go nine points clear if they win. We have a good enough squad that should be challenging for the top place and we should definitely be making the play offs. There is no point in panicking, everyone needs to keep on doing what they have been doing and it will change for us.

This fixture was postponed first time around at the end of December. First team regular Sean Murdoch had just sustained injury and just days before Lee joined young Cammy Gill would have made his debut start for the Pars had the weather not intervened. Lee praised his 19 year old understudy:-

"He will have a good career. He is a nice lad and is really talented. It is good to work with him and hopefully I can help him as well.

"When I was younger I should probably have done a lot better. It would be nice to use my experience to help him."

Leaving apart Lee`s nightmare at Cappielow he feels that he is building up a good rapport with the players in front of him.

"They are good. Lee Ashcroft has been unlucky lately to be left out, he was doing really well and then he had an illness. They are well covered at centre half, they have Lewis Martin as well. He wasn`t in the squad last week but Jean and Callum are very good.

"The two full backs are different types of players and have done well. We got three clean sheets in my first three games and then Morton - a strange goal against them here when we thought it was offside.

"I feel comfortable with my defence, we haven`t had any misunderstandings since I have been here but to get the first one and get punished the way it did. I take responsibility and I am just looking forward to the next game."

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