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Karl's opening day reaction

18 August 2012

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson praised his side’s performance as they ran out 2-0 winners over Oldham Athletic, in their opening League 1 game of the season. 

Goals either side of half-time from Darren Potter and Daniel Powell earned the Dons three points but Antony Kay’s sending off after the final whistle seemed to mar a very solid display.

However, Robinson was pleased to get the season off and running with a win against a tough Oldham side.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I thought we looked very strong and very professional today. We weren’t as fluid as we normally are but the most important thing today was that we got off to a good start and we’ve done that.

“People have said this is one of the strongest Oldham teams in a long time and so it’s pleasing for me that we can roll our sleeves up and fight like we did. All in all it was a very good performance.”

It took Potter until December to score his first goal last season but he didn’t have to wait too long to get on the score sheet this time around, heading home a Dean Bowditch corner after 34 minutes, and Robinson drew comparisons with a certain Liverpool legend. 

“The players have named him Rushy (Ian Rush). I don’t know whether it is for his looks or his prowess in the box although I wouldn’t go with his looks.

“It was a very well taken goal. Lowey was laughing at the end of the game saying he could have got a toe on it but I don’t believe that for one second.

“I also thought it was a very well taken second goal after a fantastic breakaway. We’ve worked on the fact we believed we could hit Oldham on the break and now I’m happy because when you work on things and they come true it’s brilliant.”

After David Martin did well to claim a high free-kick, he quickly released Chadwick who exchanged passes in midfield before finding Daniel Powell who cooly went round a defender before slotting home and the Dons boss have a special mention to his talented winger.

“I thought Powelly (Daniel Powell) was exceptional today. I had a gut feeling for him all week; he’s been unplayable in training. I spoke to John Gorman this morning and told him about Powelly and hope I hoped he’d not wasted all of his energy in training; he definitely didn’t.

“It was a fantastic goal, a typical classy MK Dons goal, a break with pace, quality, precision and clinical finishing.”

The one blemish on the day was Kay’s sending off after being involved in an off-the-ball incident with Robbie Simpson after the final whistle and the Robinson gave his opinion on the events.

“(Robbie) Simpson went in on Antony Kay with his elbow and cracked his nose. He’s run back into position and grabbed him by the throat in retaliation. You can’t conduct yourself like that but all I ask for is a bit of protection.

“I’m going to have a chat with the officials and see what they’ve got to say because I’m very interested in their point of view.

“I don’t want action against players after the offence because it’s pointless for us but a bit of consistency and protection would be nice.”

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