Karl Robinson felt his side’s 1-0 win over Hartlepool United was ‘as comfortable as it gets’ as they moved to within two points of top spot with their 11th win of the campaign.
with an important three points, on an afternoon where only one other team in the top six recorded a victory.mkstadiumRyan Lowe’s third goal in as many League games was enough for the Dons to walk away from
And although many would have predicted a more resounding scoreline over League 1’s bottom Club Hartlepool, Robinson remains pleased with his team, who climb one place into 5th heading into their tough away trip to third placed Doncaster Rovers next week.
Speaking after the game, the 32-year-old said: “It was a pretty comfortable 1-0 win. I understand the frustration of the fans with us not getting any more goals but I think when you look at the whole context of that game we can pleased.
“There were a few things today that were exceptional and there were a few things today that were unacceptable. There was anxiety from both the fans and the players today in the middle part of the second half which led to their brief spell. But other than that we did our job professionally and that was important.
“It’s important when you do win 1-0, you do it comfortably and we did that. Of course the anxiety creeps in because you’re always a slip or a wonder goal away from losing the three points but I don’t think you can get a much more comfortable win than that today and that’s not being disrespectful to Hartlepool.
“One thing I do know about Hartlepool is that they have a really good manager, somebody that I’ve learned a lot off as he was a lecturer on one of my courses. He deserves great credit for the way he set up things at Falkirk and I’m sure he’ll do the same here at Hartlepool, whatever their fate is this year.
“It’s important then for us, that when we do come up against teams like Hartlepool that we give our all. Today we weren’t ruthless enough but we’ve got the three points and that’s all that matters at this stage of the season.
“We had a sneaky look at the other results and the League table at the end of the game as it’s important to keep in contact with that. But we can only worry about our own fate and our own performances.”
The victory, which sees the Dons build a three point gap between them and seventh place, was secured courtesy of Lowe’s fifth goal of the season and his fellow Liverpudlian Robinson praised the striker who continued his recent run of goal-scoring form.
“I hope Ryan can kick on now and get some more. He’s had his knocks and his criticisms this year, most of all by me as I’m his biggest critic as I am the rest of the players because it’s my job.
“But it’s important that he accepted it and adapted to our style and now he looks free and confident in front of goal. The biggest thing from him today though was how hard he worked and he almost ran himself into the ground. He’s on a really good run of form at the moment.”