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Robbo on 'frustrating' night

18 September 2012

Karl Robinson referred to his team’s 1-1 draw with Notts County as ‘frustrating’ as the Dons remained unbeaten at home so far this season.

Jay O’Shea’s first of the season, after coming on as a substitute, cancelled out Neal Bishop’s long range effort to give both sides a share of the points.

The Dons were slow out of the blocks in the first half but dominated in the second and the draw sees them climb up into seventh place.

Having come from a goal behind, the Dons should have been happy to take at least something from the game, especially against a Notts County side who have started the campaign so well.

However, Robinson and his players were left feeling as if their play deserved much more and speaking after the game the 32-year-old manager said: “Frustrating is maybe the word I’m looking for this evening.

“I just said to the boys I don’t think they were better than us first half. We weren’t very good but their goal was a deflected shot from 35-yards and that was all that was in the game.

“Maybe I got the team wrong in the first half but the boys have got me out of trouble in the second half. We made changes and they reacted fantastically well.”

The equaliser came during the second half with two of Robinson’s substitutes involved but the Dons boss is refusing to take the credit and instead heaped praise on his squad.

“It’s not because of me, it’s because we’ve got good players. If you’ve got good players on the bench, when you make a change it should have an impact.

“Smithy made a big difference in the last 12 minutes and obviously Jay O’Shea scored the goal and looked bright.

"I thought Ryan Lowe came on and looked really sharp, linking up well with Charlie. The two of them always work hard but to get them in the team you’d have to sacrifice Chaddy who has been one of the most consistent performers this season.”

The Dons will now pick themselves up before heading to Greater Manchester where they take on Bury in search of their first away League win of the season, something Robinson is eager to find.

“We’ve got to go to Bury now and we know it’s going to be difficult so we must go there in the right frame of mind.

“We’ve not been beaten at home this year but we go away now and we’ve got to get our away record right.”

The Dons’ longest serving manager wouldn’t finish however without thanking the Dons faithful once again for their fantastic support.

“Our fans were brilliant again today and I can’t ask for anymore from them.

“Thank you for the support it means an awful lot to us when you get so loud like that.”

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