Academy Stars Progress
Academy Stars Progress

‎Karl Robinson was eulogising about the seven academy graduates who were involved against Exeter at his post match press conference.

Robinson made eleven changes from the side that faced Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening.
The team showed character and ability to come from behind to beat an experienced Grecian side.
Here are Robinson’s thoughts:

“I’m very, very proud of the performance, we had seven academy graduates on the pitch today and some of the play was excellent.

“The players were very, very good. Their attitude was exceptional and, again, our shape was very good.

“But the only disappointing thing was for me was that I thought we should have won the game by three or four in the first half. We missed too many chances.

“From Dillon, to Ezri, to Anfernee, Joe, Cookie, Karlan and brining on Reeco at the end, it shows that Steve Avory is the best at what he does in the country.

“Games like today, against a very good League Two side in front of a very hostile crowd at times, are a tremendous learning curve for all those young players and they’ve come through it with flying colours.”
With another long trek to Devon to face Plymouth on Saturday, Robinson was anxious to keep his squad fresh.
Patrick Bauer and Billy Clarke were the only two players who started on Saturday that made the trip to Exeter.
Bauer remained on the bench, while Clarke replaced Ben Reeves just before the hour mark. Clarke cancelled out Lee Holmes’ opener with a deflected strike.
Clarke has quietly gone about his business and the Irishman may turn out to be the best of Robinson’s summer recruits.