HEAD coach James Ford reckons Connor Robinson could play a massive part in York City Knights' play-off glory bid - despite his "frustrating" display in the draw against Doncaster.

Former Halifax half-back Robinson did not enjoy the best of days but he smartly kicked the all-important drop goal that earned his side a point with 90 seconds left.

The result sealed the Knights' place in the Kingstone Press League One play-off places with two games of the Super 8s to go.

Asked about the 22-year-old's hit-and-miss performance, Ford said: “Let’s talk about Connor’s positive parts of the game. There were a couple of nice kicks and he did a few nice things with ball in hand.

“He also got the field goal at the end. Traditionally we find field goals hard at this club – we’ve been on the receiving end a few times – but that was an important play.

“There are things he needs to work on – he knows that – but he’s got that potential and we’re willing to work with him as when he gets things right we have a very good player on our hands."

He added: “It was good he got us that point. He was frustrated with one or two things. But that field goal was a massive part of the outcome of the game and could be a massive part of the outcome of our season."

Robinson nearly turned villain at the death when conceding a penalty which would have given Doncaster the victory - only for Jack Miller's kick on the final hooter to hit an upright.

But Ford said: “I know he’s disappointed with his performance but he needs to remember he’s played a big role in us getting a point.

“People need to remember Connor’s only young still but he has enormous potential and we’ve been trying to work on parts of his game.

“He will become a very good player and in the short-term he will have a really positive influence on the rest of this season, I’m sure of that.”