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Karl: Back in the mix

9 April 2013

Karl Robinson believes his side are right back in the play-off mix after their impressive 2-0 victory over Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.

The Dons, who move into ninth place with the win, closed the gap on the sixth-placed Robins to just four points courtesy of Mathias Kouo-Doumbe’s first goal of the season as well as a late strike from front-man Ryan Lowe, who took his tally for the campaign up to 11.

Although the men from MK1 still have a long way to go to achieve a third successive top six finish, tonight’s result gives their chances of doing so a massive boost, much to the delight of Dons boss Robinson who felt his side thoroughly deserved their two-goal victory this evening.

Speaking after the game, the 32-year-old: “I thought we deserved that tonight. I thought we were the better side against one of the best teams that have come here this season. They moved it well and they were a constant threat but I can’t recall them having too many chances.

“I just thought our overall performance was excellent. We’ve got very high standards at this Football Club and we’ve got tremendous belief amongst the group. Tonight, the fans were in full voice, the players were in full form and I don’t think anyone could ask any more from the Football Club.

“Mathias in particular deserves a lot of credit. He’s a great professional and a great person and he’s someone I’ve got a lot of respect for. I also thought Darren Potter was sensational, along with the whole midfield and Patrick Bamford.

“And then, of course, Ryan Lowe comes on and scores the goal that seals it.  I had to make a decision not to play him from the start, which was difficult because he deserves to be in the team, but thankfully it’s paid off in the end. He came on, fresh, and he took his chance.

“There is a bitter taste in our mouths, obviously, because we created better chances on the weekend and we should now be sitting just two points behind Swindon. Still, we are where we are and that’s certainly back in the play-off mix – and we won’t give up, now, without a fight.”

The only dampener on an otherwise fantastic evening at stadiummk, was an injury to midfielder Stephen Gleeson which forced him off minutes into the second half and Robinson offered an update on the 24-year-old Irishman.

“He’s rolled his ankle which was a big loss to us. We’re hoping that he will be fit for Saturday but we’ll have to monitor him closely over the next 24-48 hours.”

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