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Karl: Pleased with response

12 February 2013

Karl Robinson was pleased with his side’s response, after they stopped their losing streak with a goalless draw away at Doncaster Rovers.

The Dons had been defeated in their previous three League outings but battled hard to earn a point against second-placed Rovers, with the men from MK1 arguably unlucky not to come away with all three.

And Robinson, although frustrated at not having a win to show for his side’s dominance, was left satisfied with the effort and commitment shown by his players - in particular duo Izale McLeod and Darren Potter, who were instrumental in most of the chances created by his team.

Speaking after the game, the 32-year-old said: “Tonight we’ve come to second in the League and the players have put everything into the game and we deserved the three points.

“We knew we were wrong on Saturday but I’ve had to dig a little bit deeper in myself and do a little bit more - it hurt me and it hurt the players too - but I knew I’d get a response today.

“I was planning on making six changes to the team after the performance at the weekend but I changed my mind on Monday and told them I’d give them one more chance to give it a go and they didn’t let me down.

“I thought Izale McLeod, in particular, was brilliant tonight and he gave their two centre-halves an absolute torrid time. He did miss chances but we know what we get with Izale, we will get the erratic strike at times but you’ll also get that one eventually that flies into the top corner and although he missed chances today, he created some on his own.

“The one that stands out to me is when he picked the ball up in his own half, drove it into the their box and then the ball bobbles and it goes over - I don’t mind that as he worked his socks off.

“I also thought that Darren Potter had one of his best games in a Dons shirt, in a different way to normal. People know Darren as a classy midfield player but that pitch today wouldn’t allow anyone to play football. Today, he won headers and he won tackles and it’s frustrating as I feel they deserved more.”

looking to book a pace in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with Budweiser and Robinson is relishing the challenge of extending one of the most memorable cup campaigns in the history of the Club.mkstadiumThe Dons now look ahead to Saturday where they face in-form Barnsley side at

“We’ve got a chance to make a bit of history on Saturday, now - next time we play in the League we could be in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. 

“I was aware the whole Barnsley team were here watching the game today and they’ll know that they will be in for a good game. In their last five Championship games they’ve won four and drawn one so we know it’s going to be tough. David Flitcroft’s done a wonderful job since he’s taken over and so we’ve got to make sure that we’ll be at our best on the weekend. It’s going to be a good old fashioned FA Cup today on Saturday and I can’t wait.”

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