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Karl: Roll our sleeves up

23 October 2012

Karl Robinson admitted he felt like a 'broken record' as his side slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Crawley, but urged his players to roll up their sleeves and climb back up the table.

Crawley Town had a Billy Clarke double to thank for the three points while the Dons were once again left to lament missed chances in front of goal.

It was an all-too familiar story at Broadfield Stadium as the visitors had the chances to change the scoreline but they continued to go begging, which left Robinson disappointed as his side were beaten in back-to-back League games for the first time this season.

The Dons have fallen to 10th in the League 1 table, but the 32-year-old manager has ordered his players return to training on Wednesday, which was originally marked down as a day off to recover, as he looks to get his team firing once again.

Speaking after the game, he said: "It's not the players fault, you need to look at me, I'll take the criticism from everyone. I know it's like a broken record, but I'm disappointed, gutted and devastated because I care.

"From now on, we must all roll our sleeves up, I've been in worse positions than this. Back when I first took over after Paul (Ince) left we were a lot lower down, with a lot less points but we turned it around and I'm sure we'll do it again.

"We've got to move on and stand up and be counted, when the players come in for training they need to be ready for the fight and the scrap.

"I've told the players that whatever criticism they get, whether right or wrong, they need to brush it off and come back stronger on Saturday."

The Dons had 13 shots during the game and Robinson admitted he was disappointed with the lack of cutting edge in front of goal but praised the effort of his players.

"We should have been 4-1 up in the first half, we had about 4 or 5 good chances to score but I'll take that. However, I didn't think we created as many clear cut chances in the second half and that's the disappointing thing.

"People are calling for 4-4-2 and to play two up front which we did today, but then there was less fluency and we created less chances.

"Their first goal was disappointing too because their guy just smashed in a cross, it hit a shinpad and then went in but we'll keep moving forward.

"I'll keep my head, shoulders and chin held high and we'll make sure we move on from here and get stronger together.

"There's still a long way to go. Every team goes through a dip in their season, this is ours now."

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