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  • By Yann Tear

Jack Rudoni learning the art of simplicity to affect games, says appreciative Wimbledon boss

Mark Robinson believes Jack Rudoni is starting to realise more of his true potential - thanks to a greater awareness of how to make his contributions more effective.

The energetic midfielder turned in a highly-impressive performance in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Oxford United - scoring twice as the Dons came back from a goal down at half-time to secure a first home win of the campaign.

It was the first win witnessed by fans inside the new Plough Lane and the first win seen by them in SW17 since 1991 when the visitors happened to be managed by Brian Clough.

"I think it's Jack understanding the player he needs to be and understanding how to affect a match within his skill set," said Dons boss Robinson of the 20-year-old.

"I believe he's got attributes that he hasn't shown enough of but that he's starting to show.

"I don't want to give too much away because I don't want the opposition to know but I think there's things he can do and I thought he did that towards the end of last season and he's done it again today."

Robinson continued: "They're young [our players] and sometimes look at football in a different way and it's about making them understand how they need to affect a game and today he affected the game on and off the ball in the right way.

"Some of it's decision-making and some of it's realising it's not always beating a man and curling one in the top corner. That happens once in a 100 times. It's about consistently getting yourself in key areas and doing the right things. When you've got talent, a lot will tend to look after itself if you do that."

Robinson admitted his players were a little fortunate to run away with the points in the end because it was mostly an even game with good chances for both sides.

"I thought it was a great game of football," he said. "If I'm completely honest, then I think 3-1 flatters us. There's loads to be pleased about but they were a constant threat as well.

"I thought it was a great advert for League One. Obviously we're really pleased with the three points, but we've got to make sure we don't get too high because there's still lots to work on.

"We don't want to be that team that comes from behind. I didn't think we looked as good as them in the final third in the first half and their goal came from sloppiness but the reaction was really good.

We just need to keep building on that and trying to take the game from the start rather than be that team that comes from behind - though it's not a bad thing to have.

"We've got a lot of flair players going forward but the trouble is sometimes they don't do the simple things brilliantly well. I never want to take their decision-making away from them or shackle them but today that was what was pleasing about the goals - they made it looks so simple. They were beautiful in their simplicity."

Robinson admitted he forgot it was the first home win for fans to witness at the new ground.

"I didn't think about it, because the fans have been so tremendous all the time," he said. "Even when we've drawn the games, it's been so exciting. But it's great that the players have done that and I'm really pleased for them. I just hope it gives them the confidence to keep kicking on."


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