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Karl: Fortunate to draw

20 November 2012

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson admitted his side were fortunate to come away with a point after their 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury Town.

Dean Bowditch's injury-time volley was enough to extend the Dons' unbeaten run to seven games after goals from Luke Rodgers and former-Don Mark Wright cancelled out Angelo Balanta's 45th minute finish.

Despite 16 League places separating the two teams prior to kick-off, the Shropshire outfit made things difficult for the in-form Dons and arguably deserved to take home all three points from a game they dominated for large parts.

And Robinson is fully aware that his team are lucky to be heading back to stadiummk having avoided defeat. Speaking after the game, he said: "I'm relieved with a point in the end. 

"If I'm being totally honest I thought they deserved three points. We got absolutely steamrolled for 60 minutes and I didn't think we deserved anything from the game but sometimes that's what you need when you're at the top of the table. You need to turn defeats into draws especially when you go down to ten men like we did.

"But we didn't deserve anything out of that but we got a point. It's a point rather than nothing and we've climbed into third this evening with that result."

The game will be no doubt be remembered for the two excellent finishes from both Bowditch and ex-Don Wright and Robinson was keen to praise both individuals for their brilliant strikes.

"Dean Bowditch's goal was terrific but we know he is capable of that. He's a tremendously gifted footballer and he's been a big difference to our team since coming back from injury.

"Wrighty (Mark Wright) was a goal machine when he was with us, especially in the year that we won the League. I was a little disappointed though as we should have had a free-kick leading up to it. The play had stopped and the referee had gone to blow his whistle but he never did. They then broke and scored a goal. I was upset with that but it's also on my defenders for switching off."

The Shrews have only won one of their last eight games but the Dons' 32-year-old boss reserved a a special mention for his League 1 rivals and especially their front-two, who caused the Dons problems throughout.

"Shrewsbury haven't surprised us today. We did our homework on them and I've watched seen them play four times this year and I knew what they had to offer.

"Their front two deserve tremendous credit. I thought Rodgers and Morgan worked their socks off and to do that for 90 minutes, you have to take your hat off to them. I shook both of their hands at the end and told them that their performances deserved an applause and a handshake. They made it difficult for us tonight and Shrewsbury are very lucky to have the two of them. If you have people like that in your team, you're not going to be far off.

"This League is remarkable, it's so unpredictable. Shrewsbury played Crewe here the other day and beat them yet they pick themselves up and earn a draw at Sheffield United. We've beaten Sheffield United and Tranmere and then should have been lost to Shrewsbury here. It's a League people should come out and watch and attendances should definitely be higher."

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