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Karl: Should have been 'out of sight'

23 February 2013

Karl Robinson felt his side should have been ‘out of sight’ at half-time against Carlisle United but conceded a poor second half cost them two points as they drew 1-1 at Brunton Park.

Adam Chicksen’s first League goal just before half-time looked to have earned the Dons their first League win in six games but a late strike from Cumbrians midfielder Mark Beck meant the men from MK1 had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Ryan Lowe, Darren Potter and Shaun Williams all had chances to extend the Dons’ lead before Beck’s 86th minute equaliser, in a game the visitors dominated throughout and Robinson revealed afterwards that he was left disappointed with the result after he felt his players’ showing warranted the victory.

Speaking after the game, the Liverpudlian said: “I thought in the first 45 minutes we were sensational. We didn’t have a lot of the ball in the second half but you’re not going to come to Carlisle and have it all easy.

“We didn’t play our football as well as we probably should have in the second half which played a little bit more into their hands and therefore made it a little bit more difficult for us.

“But I thought we rode their storm very well and we had chances to win it but it just wasn’t going in. Towards the end their guy climbs all over Linesy and it drops to one of their players who is more aware than any of ours and we puts it in the net.

“It’s arguably a fair point but we should have been out of sight in the first half considering the way we played, that’s the frustrating thing at the moment. We’re playing well, we’re just not putting games to bed.

“I think it’ll be hard to single out a bad performance from one of our players today as I thought they all did really, really well and their wasn’t one player that shirked responsibility.

We’re all disappointed that we didn’t get more than a point but that seems to be the situation we’re in at the moment – things just aren’t going our way. We need to keep working hard, keep doing the right things  and eventually we’ll move forwards.

 “I felt we deserved more out of the Doncaster game and I feel we deserved more out of this game. We’re just not getting the rub of the green at the moment.”

Finally Robinson, who lost goalkeeper David Martin and Gary MacKenzie to injuries during the match, praised the travelling 179 Dons supporters  who made the 265 mile journey to the North West.

“Losing David Martin was a blow but then to lose Gary MacKenzie in the latter part as well was a big loss to us.

“I thought the players attitude today, though, was spot on and I also thought the fans were great – we heard them all game.

“I’d like to say thank you to them for coming up here and I’d also like to say sorry we couldn’t send you back with three points but I think the performance deserved them.”

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