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Karl: Didn't deserve to lose

29 December 2012

Karl Robinson believed his Dons team didn’t deserve to be beaten as they slipped to a 3-2 loss to Coventry City in their final match of 2012.

A Stephen Elliott brace saw the travelling Sky Blues make it ten games unbeaten after Daniel Powell and Ryan Lowe, either side of a Franck Moussa goal, had put the Dons ahead in the first-half.

But Robinson, whose side will head into the New Year off the back of two successive defeats, felt the scoreline was unfair on his ‘disjointed’ squad after they gave everything in the hope of finishing the calendar year on a high note.

Speaking after the game, the 32-year-old said: “We didn’t deserve to lose that, it was just five minutes of madness. We very rarely concede straight after half-time as we normally come out all guns blazing but silly errors and lack of that clinical edge in front of goal has cost us today.

“I didn’t feel like there was too much wrong in the performance it was just that we conceded three very silly goals. We’ve conceded seven goals in our last two games where before that we’d only conceded 17 all season and we’ve scored four goals in two games at home and haven’t got a point to show for it.

“It’s that’s something we’ve got to look at and make sure we improve on but it’s difficult when you’ve got to keep changing the players and the system. Without Gary MacKenzie, Jon Otsemobor, Stephen Gleeson or Luke Chadwick it’s hard to compete but I thought we did today.

“You look at them and you see their tremendous strength in depth but all credit to them, Mark Robins has done a terrific job galvanising them and like I said after the game at their place, they have one of the strongest squads in the League.

“This result, though, really hurts us because we put a lot into it despite being so disjointed so it’s very difficult. It’s important we stick together for the next three of four weeks. It’s up to us now to kick on and go again.”

The Dons will now pick themselves up with a tough trip to Notts County just around the corner on New Year’s Day, and Robinson stressed how important it is for his players to remain positive if they want to take anything away from Meadow Lane.

“It’s important we go to Notts County on Tuesday with a very positive frame of mind. I’m sure the players will blow away any negativity and no doubt we’ll go there buoyant and ready to put in a performance like today and hopefully get a better result.”

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