Karl Robinson’s reaction to MK Dons’ 1-0 victory over Sheffield United was short but sweet, as his side move to within three points of second-place.
Shaun Williams’ 90th minute penalty was enough to earn all three points as the Dons climb into seventh place and extend their unbeaten run to four games.
Although Robinson’s men left it late to earn the points, the Dons boss never doubted the goal would come and he was unsurprisingly delighted as a result.
Speaking after the game, he said: “I knew the goal would come and I thought we thoroughly deserved it.
“I have tremendous belief in the players and although I was as nervous as I’ve ever been on the touchline before the penalty, I knew we’d score it and that’s because of how hard the boys worked.
“We controlled the whole game. They had one or two flashpoints but over 90 minutes our attitude, endeavour, our football and everything was just brilliant. It was a complete performance from my point of view and it’s as good as you’re going to get.”
The game’s two major talking points came at the end of both halves as the Dons saw penalty claims for a trip on Dean Bowditch turned down before a spot-kick was awarded late on after Angelo Balanta was pushed by Darryl Westlake.
But Robinson believed the decisions were the wrong-way round and admitted his team were lucky to earn the spot-kick that led to the decisive winner.
“I didn’t think the penalty we got in the second half was a penalty and I was really surprised he gave it.
But I thought the one in the first half should have been given and it should’ve also been a red card as Bowds (Dean Bowditch) was through on goal and had control of the ball. If that would have been given they would have had to play 60 odd minutes with ten men and I think then the outcome would have been different.
“With regards to (Harry) Maguire’s tackle (on Darren Potter in the second half), it’s the sort of tackle I want to see in football but in the modern-game, by law, it’s a red card.”
The Dons have now conceded the least amount of goals in League 1, along with Sheffield United, and have only been beaten once in the League on their own patch.
And the 32-year-old manager believes his players deserve a lot more credit for their recent performances.
He added: “This team has been criticised unfairly recently. Our performances have been magnificent we’ve just not had the luck in certain areas – we had that luck today.
“Our players definitely deserve a lot more credit than what they’ve been getting the last few weeks but I’m proud of them."