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Chairman's reaction

25 August 2012

Swindon Town 1 MK Dons 0

MK Dons Chairman took the unprecedented step of addressing the media following the side’s 1-0 defeat at Swindon Town.

The decision came after the Dons saw their fourth player sent-off in as many games when Dean Lewington was shown red for an incident off the ball.

Chairman Pete Winkelman said: “First of all I want to say congratulations to Swindon Town, I thought they were the better team today, they looked terrific coming into the ground today, there is a great vibe here and I would like to congratulate them for the way they are moving the club forward.

“From our point of view we have suffered another sending off today, it is something that I can’t really believe. We are one of the best footballing teams in the Football League, many press comments, especially since we have had Karl Robinson as our manager, have pointed that out. 

“We’re not a dirty team, we don’t play to get players sent off, we don’t play to hurt anybody, and instead we try to play the better football. Sometimes it doesn’t come off, today it hasn’t come off.

“But at the same time we have been working very hard to look at what has been going on. We had meetings with referees this week, Karl brought them in, they went through matches to analyse things, wanted to know exactly where we are going wrong. Yet once again today we saw a sending off which was apparently an elbow from Dean Lewington, who had picked up the ball after a free-kick had been awarded. 

“What really frustrates me, I have seen the video of that, now the referees don’t have the chance to watch it back so you can only take this with a pinch of salt – Lewington has held the ball, the Swindon player has gone to get the ball, like we see millions of times in every game up and down the country. 

“Except this time the Swindon player has grabbed Dean Lewington and Dean has raised his elbow to take him away from it – somehow that has been interpreted as a sending off. I can’t tell you how much that changes the game. Swindon were really good today, especially in that first half period but they scored a goal when we were in disarray having lost our captain, who was playing centre-back. 

“I have come to the end of a game that we have lost with huge disappointment, huge frustration and actually, as you can probably tell, I am pretty upset about it.”

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