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Karl: Not good enough

26 December 2012

Karl Robinson refused to accept his side’s performance in their 4-2 defeat to Walsall and revealed that he will make changes for the upcoming fixture at stadiummk against Coventry City.

The Dons boss deemed his team’s defending as ‘shambolic’ at times as they saw a one-goal disappear and conceded four goals at home for the first time this season.

Ryan Lowe had opened the scoring for Robinson’s men inside the opening ten minutes; however they found themselves 3-2 down at the interval before James Paterson sealed the win for the visiting Saddlers in the closing stages.

And the 32-year-old Liverpudlian was unsurprisingly disappointed with his team’s below-par outing at MK1. Speaking after the game, he said: “We started brilliantly but then came off our game and stopped doing the right things.

“I thought our mentality and certain peoples’ performances were way below-par. I’ve got to take responsibility as I picked that team and I’ve let the fans down.

“You could probably hear how angry I was from quite a distance, I don’t accept that performance and I won’t accept that performance. Our defending was shambolic. The defending in the first half was as bad as I have seen since I have been here.

“To let them turn, shoot in your box and walk past you is kamikaze stuff really. We have to put that right very quickly.

“It’s easy to pick on certain players but there was a few that weren’t at the races today and didn’t deserve to wear our shirt, it’s as simple as that and they won’t be again if they continue like that.

“I’ll make changes on Saturday. We’re a better side than what you’ve seen today and we’ve got plenty more gears. This is a bad day at the office and you won’t see that performance on the weekend.”

The Dons were without injured quartet Jon Otsemobor, Gary MacKenzie, Stephen Gleeson and Luke Chadwick with the latter two picking up long-term setbacks in training only last week and Robinson admitted their absences did make a difference.

“We have to remember we had Jon Otsemobor, Gary MacKenzie, Stephen Gleeson and Luke Chadwick out and although some will say that you can’t use that as an excuse, if you took Van Persie and Rooney out of Manchester United’s side then they would struggle too.

“There’s a reason why players get voted as the best players in the League year on year and when you lose them players at this level it’s so hard to replace them. I’ve got to do my job over the next few weeks and also certain players have to stand up and be counted. If they can’t do that against Coventry then I will make changes, it’s as simple as that.

“The players know how I feel after that but then they also know that they didn’t play well either. I’m normally one for pointing fingers very quickly in the dressing room but I didn’t today because they knew who didn’t turn up.

“I told them that if they neglect the shirt, like some did today, then they will find themselves out the team and out of the Football Club very quickly. I set my standards about how hard I work and how hard the players work and I talk very highly of them quite often for their work ethic but today was a bad day at the office.

“People have bad days and I’ve got to put today down as one of them and they’ve got to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

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