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Robbo: Can't believe we didn't win

2 October 2012

Karl Robinson is remaining up beat after his side made it five League games without defeat with a 1-1 draw against Coventry City.

Stephen Gleeson’s deflected strike just before half-time cancelled out Richard Wood’s header to earn the Dons a point which sees them stay among the pack at the top of League 1.

It could have been very different, however, as the Dons failed to make their dominance count and wasted chances that could have seen them head back to Milton Keynes with a victory.

Still, Robinson was pleased with his team’s performance and remains confident in his players to come good in front of goal.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I can’t believe we didn’t win that. I thought they started off well in the first ten minutes and caused us problems but after that we were by far the better team and deserved the three points.

“It was criminal that we conceded to a set piece first of all but afterwards we were magnificent. Our ball retention, the way we got the ball wide and the threat we posed was great, we just didn’t take our chances.

“The players work on it every day in training it just doesn’t seem to happen on the pitch. We’ve not got bad players, they are all good footballers they’re just having a barren spell at the moment but they’ll come through it.

“People may say we need this and we need that but this team scored over 100 goals last year, today was just one of those days where it just didn’t go in.

“The mentality of our players is always excellent. This is a very good MK Dons team, we just need that little bit of an edge in front of goal and we’ll get it eventually.”

Although Coventry City lie in the relegation zone they didn’t show it early on and if it wasn’t for some terrific goalkeeping and defending the Dons could have been further behind in the first half.

And Robinson is sure that other teams will find it difficult to take anything away from the Ricoh Arena from now on.

“I’m sure soon this will be a difficult place to come and play with the way Mark and the team are turning it around. Not many teams will come here and have an 80 minutes like we did.

“We’ve got to stay positive. Some people may think because I’m remaining upbeat about it I’m being dismissive but I’m not, I just know it will come good.

“I’ve got faith in the team, we won’t change the way we’re doing things and I know we’ll come good as a group.”

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