Despite dominating possession and territory, Scotland failed to turn their superiority into points in part because of a resolute England defensive effort but also due to some poor handling.
They were also the victim of some bad luck with the chargedown from Dan Parks' clearance bouncing kindly for Charlie Hodgson to ground the ball, while in a similar situation Greig Laidlaw was adjudged not have had control.
It is on those decisions that matches are decided and Robinson argued despite their failings Scotland had be plenty to be proud of, particularly in the performances of Lee Jones and David Denton in their first Six Nations starts.
"We created some great opportunities," he said. "It was just that last pass that was missing. The game is about inches, very small margins.
"You've got to be able to execute under pressure. It was desperate defence, we just lost our heads a bit.
"I've spoken to Greig, he says he got the first touch. It's disappointing but that's the nature of game.
"I felt we shouldn't have got ourselves in that position in the first place just after half time. We performed poorly in that five minute spell which gave England the opportunity.
"We'll work hard, we'll have to look forward to the next game. Everybody is so disappointed about it. They're tough test matches and you've got to be able to deliver.
"We didn't get the breaks. We'll have to look at the positives. Lee Jones did well, Max Evans looked really sharp. I'm delighted with the way David Denton played.
"We've got to keep moving forward. But we're all disappointed and we feel we've not achieved what we've set out to."