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Karl: Need clinical edge

29 September 2012

Manager Karl Robinson was left feeling disappointed this evening, despite his MK Dons side earning a 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Charlie MacDonald’s eighth minute goal was enough to earn the three points for the Dons in a game of two halves.

The home side enjoyed total domination in the first 45 minutes but took their foot of the gas in the second which led to a nervy end in front of the biggest crowd of the season at stadiummk.

Although pleased with the first half performance and the result, Robinson still wasn’t completely happy with his team.

Speaking after the game he said: “It was two opposite ends of the spectrum today. First half is probably as good a first half as you’re going to see in League 1 but we need to be more clinical and take our chances when they come along and we didn’t.

“I thought in the second half we were slightly sloppy and to be fair to Crewe, they came out with all their youthful energy and ability and made it difficult for us.

“We gave the ball away too many times and we lost our shape and compactness but I thought once we made the substitutions we looked better.

“Still I told the boys I was furious with the second half. Maybe I was a bit hard on them but at the end of the day, we’ve got standards and we need to maintain them for a lot longer than we did today.

MacDonald’s poachers finish was his second of the season and the Dons boss praised his frontman as well as debutant Scott Allan, who only signed three hours before kick-off.

“It’s brilliant for Charlie to get the goal today – he deserves it. That’s two goals for him now and I’m sure he’ll grow in confidence from it.

“I also thought Scotty showed his talent today. He had three shots in the twenty minutes he was on the pitch and although, as you could see, he’s not match sharp, he’s talented and we’re very lucky to have his services.”

The Dons now move on to two tough games against Coventry City and Portsmouth next week, in a seven days Robinson feels will be a crucial role in the Club’s season.

“The next two games are massive. We spoke yesterday about the next week being vital.

“We need to make sure in these big games we take our chances and opportunities unlike today. However, at the end of the day the most important thing is we got the three points and it’s a step in the right direction.

“We were sloppy for large parts of the second half but I think overall we deserved it – we’ve come away with a vital win.”

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