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Karl: We passed them off the pitch

15 September 2012

Karl Robinson was a happy man at stadiummk after Charlie MacDonald struck to see MK Dons record their fourth home victory of the season.

The striker bagged his first of the season, coming off the bench to do so, 15 minutes from time to earn all three points for the men from MK1, who ended their run of two straight defeats without a goal.

The Dons had to wait and wait for the decisive goal to come but it was his side’s patience that ultimately pleased the Dons boss. Speaking to the media after the game, Robinson said:  “Today’s as good a home performance as you’re going to say with chances, possession, crosses. We passed them off the pitch and to create the amount of chances we did was remarkable.

“Not being disrespectful to Yeovil, they are a team who have been at the top of the League and are full of confidence, but it could have been many more today, we looked so comfortable and they never looked like getting anything out of the game.”

MacDonald’s cool finish, after collecting a brilliant through ball from Dean Lewington, was followed by a huge cheer as relief swept over stadiummk. The side’s ability to finish chances has been questioned over recent game, but the hard work in training eventually paid off. 

“It’s a factor we’ve worked on all season and we’ll continue to work on and try to get right as the season edges towards the middle stages. At Walsall we resorted to hitting long balls but today we were patient and moved it about, believing that we had enough quality in our side to get a goal.”

Robinson also reserved praise for the man who broke the duck with his first of the season, Charlie MacDonald.

“It was a great ball by Lewie, firstly, that put him in. It was important that when the ball went over he took his and didn’t snatch at it. I heard people getting anxious and telling him to shoot but he got it back on his strong side and finished with tremendous aplomb.

“However, it’s disappointing that we missed four more chances after that to make it even more comfortable.”

Although most of the attention will be on the goal, it could be easily forgotten that the Dons were able to keep up their impressive record of not conceding in the League at home so far this campaign, despite losing Gary MacKenzie early on through injury.

And the Liverpool-born manager took time to dedicate a mention to his MacKenzie’s replacement Antony Kay as well as update everyone on the Scotsman’s condition.

“Gary’s got a dead leg and so we’ll monitor it over the next 24 hours and we’ll know more tomorrow afternoon.

“But, I thought Antony Kay was excellent when he came on. I thought we was very commanding, he looked good on the ball and told be told yesterday he’d be left out but take it well and perform like he did, magnificent.”

Finally Robinson, who turned 32 earlier this week, revealed that it had been a good week for him personally and to finish it off with a win was the icing on the cake.

“It was pleasing today that we got what I think we deserved.

“We’ve got a tremendous defence record and as long as we keep it tight we know we’ve got people at the top end that can score goals.

“It’s been a fantastic week personally and to finish it off with a result today was excellent. I’ve had a long week and so have the players so it’s a good day.”

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