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Karl slams unacceptable performance

9 February 2013

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson wanted to apologise to the supporters after his side’s 3-1 loss, which he deemed as ‘unacceptable’, to Oldham Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

The Dons fell to their third successive League defeat courtesy of goals from Lee Barnard, Jean-Yves M’voto and Chris Iwelumo and the result saw the Dons move down into 13thplace in League 1.

Robinson’s side are now eight points behind the play-offs places and the 32-year-old manager didn’t hold back in his post-match interview, as he assessed a forgettable afternoon for the Buckinghamshire outfit.

Speaking after the game, Robinson said: “In all my games in charge I’ve never said sorry to the Chairman but I apologised to him after the game today on behalf of the group. I’d also like to apologise to the fans while I have the opportunity to as well because that was unacceptable

“All the players know what I think of them individually and I’ve told them in there where they went wrong and now it’s time to stand up and be counted. The dressing room’s as the fans would expect it to be.

“We were poor in whatever way you look at it and I can’t defend it. It doesn’t take somebody who’s qualified to work out what was wrong with that today. If somebody came to watch a football match for the first time this afternoon then they would still notice that Oldham worked harder than us, that’s how basic it was. 

“I’ve come out and defended the team on numerous occasions but I don’t think I can today for the first time as a manager. I could stand here and speak for hours but at the end of the day it was far from acceptable and we didn’t work hard enough.”

Things could have been different for the Dons, however, after the returning Daniel Powell cancelled out Lee Barnard’s opener, with six minutes to go until half-time. However, a lapse in concentration from the Dons backline following a Lee Croft free-kick saw the hosts go into the break ahead and Robinson offered his verdict on both that goal and the opener.

“For some reason we’ve allowed the biggest man of the pitch to have a free header for their second goal. We normally have five players across the box and most of the time we defend really, really well from free-kicks. When the opposition have a player whose good in the air, one of the five goes and marks him.

“Their first came from us playing out from the back. It’ the way we do it and we’ll never change that but not when it’s 2 v 2 in the corner of our box. Otsemobor’s mistake last week was just a fundamental error, and that wasn’t, that was stupid.

“We knew before the game that they were going to play high up against us and we knew we weren’t going to be able to play out from the back like usual today but they didn’t do as they were told. I’ll take a bit of responsibility for that but the players need to take a large part of the responsibility from today.”

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