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Karl: A point of frustration

26 February 2013

Karl Robinson revealed his frustration as his MK Dons side were held to a third consecutive draw on Tuesday evening.

A wonder-strike from Shaun Williams saw the Dons take a point away from Fratton Park, after the Irishman’s volley cancelled out Pompey striker David Connolly’s 22nd minute header.
 
The result sees the Dons climb into 13th in League 1 but Robinson, although pleased once again with his side’s overall performance and work ethic, told the media after the match that he believed, for a third successive game, his side walked away with less points than they deserved.
 
The Dons manager said: “That’s three games now where, I’m sure everybody will agree, we should have had three victories.
 
“In the last few games when things aren’t going right, we’ve gone against ourselves by playing route one football and we could have quite easily done that in the second half today but the player’s didn’t. Instead they persevered, they passed the ball well and we were by far the better team.
 
“This is a very hostile place to come and play and the advantage was firmly with the home team. But, we stuck to our guns and we tried to play our football and we deserved more than we got once again.
 
“The players aren’t shirking responsibility and I also know that the fans aren’t either. It’s frustrating for us all at the moment but if we keep our work ethic, keep doing the right things and keep working hard then the results will come.
 
“The results may not be going are way at the moment but if we as a team are working hard then I can’t ask for anymore.”
 
The main talking point coming into the game was whether former striker Izale McLeod would be able to re-open his Dons account against the club he spent the first half of this season with.
 
Unfortunately for the 28-year-old, it wasn’t to be, however his manager Robinson still remains confident that goals the goals will soon begin to flow for the man he swooped for in early January.
 
“Izale’s going through a spell that every striker goes through but when it comes back to him then I’m confident he’ll start scoring goals quite freely.
 
“I’ve got tremendous faith in him, he’s a great lad and he wants to work hard but things just aren’t going for him. He just needs to relax, stop snatching at things and ease himself back into it.
 
“He had a lot of expectation on his shoulders coming back to the Football Club and you can see that, but this will make him a much better footballer.”
 
on Saturday for their first time in the League since earlier this month, also reserved a special mention for defensive duo Adam Chicksen and Gary MacKenzie - the former having played in three different positions these past few weeks.mkstadiumRobinson, whose side return to
 
“I just want to mention Gary MacKenzie because for him to play game after game having been out for 23 matches is a tremendous testament to him as a person and as a footballer.
 
“Another play I’d like to single out is Adam Chicksen. What a tremendous ambassador he is to this Football Club. He has worked his socks off in two or three different positions and that sets standards for the rest of the group.”

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