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Robbo: We've got more to give

11 October 2012

Manager Karl Robinson got the chance to be a fan on Tuesday, watching his side play in the behind closed doors friendly with Brighton & Hove Albion from the stands.

With Alex Rae taking charge of a team made up of first team players, academy prospects and trialists, Robinson got the chance to sit back and reflect on the previous two games ahead of Sunday’s clash with Preston North End.

The Dons only picked up two points from a possible six against Coventry City and Portsmouth, coming from behind in both games to earn draws.

However, the boys from  MK1 remain unbeaten in six League games and, although frustrated with the results, the 32-year-old Dons boss is pleased with the performances from his players.

Speaking during Tuesday’s friendly, he said: “Last Tuesday and Saturday were frustrating and I think our performances deserved more than what we got.

“I think in the last few games we’ve been exceptional – outplaying teams, looking dominant – so overall I think it’s been a good solid start.

“We’ve got good players here who have got plenty of grit, determination, togetherness and the Football Club means a lot to them.

“But we’re not 100 percent happy. We all feel we’ve got an awful lot more to give and we’ll work hard to make sure we can do that.

“There are teams above us at the moment that are firing on all cylinders and we’re not far behind them. Just wait until these boys get going because once they do, they won’t stop.”

Much has been made in recent weeks about the Dons’ lack of cutting edge and the missed chances that potentially have cost the team points.

There have also been calls from supporters to change the tried and tested 4-2-3-1 formation, in order to play with two strikers up top but Robinson was keen to re-assure fans that the current system is still very forward thinking and one of the most attacking formations around.

“It frustrates me when people say we play with one striker because we don’t, we play with four forwards.

“We have Daniel Powell and Dean Bowditch on both wings who are regarded as forwards along with Luke Chadwick as the number 10 and either Charlie, Lowey and Smithy as the number nine.

“That’s not even taking into account Darren Potter, Stephen Gleeson or our two full-backs who also like to get forward, so when you look at the grand scheme of things, it’s a very attacking formation.”

The Dons have had a whole week to prepare for their meeting with Graham Westley’s Lilywhites, after the fixture was moved back to Sunday in order to be shown live on Sky Sports.

North End, like the Dons, have made a solid start to their campaign and will be looking to push further up the table by getting a win over their promotion rivals in front of the TV cameras.

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