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Karl: Historic night

15 January 2013

Karl Robinson admitted he was ‘made up’ after he saw MK Dons side book a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser with a 2-0 replay victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

A first half penalty from Shaun Williams and a fluky free-kick from Dean Bowditch with 15 minutes remaining secured the Dons a mouth-watering clash with Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers later this month.

The result saw the Dons into the fourth round of the country’s most prestigious Cup competition for the first time in their history and boss Robinson was excited about the prospect of coming up against Harry Redknapp’s QPR.

Speaking after the game, the 32-year-old said: “I’m made up with the result, the fans deserve that. I’ve spoken before about how much the FA Cup means to me and I’m just looking forward to the next round now.

“Loftus Road is a proper football ground and I enjoy playing in London because of the atmosphere and the fans are often very vocal. We’ve got an opportunity now to face a Premier League team, who also have one of the best Premier League managers in Harry Redknapp.

“I’m just really ecstatic at the moment because we’ve made history while also beating a good Sheffield Wednesday side, another thing we haven’t done before.”

Robinson only made three changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Bury last weekend, bringing in striker Alan Smith as well as returning defensive duo Gary MacKenzie and Jon Otsemobor, and the Liverpudlian praised the trio for their roles in the victory as well as goal-scorers Shaun Williams and Dean Bowditch.

“Alan is a top class professional and he’s somebody that I respect immensely. I don’t think ‘coming of age’ is the right phrase but he’s definitely starting to show his talent as he gets fitter. He plays the game properly and there’s no messing around on the football pitch when it comes to Smithy. 

“I also thought Gary MacKenzie was wonderful during the 70 minutes he played and that’s considering he’s been out for four months. Otsemobor was colossus and since he’s been out, we’ve seen an awful lot of goals conceded. He made two or three important clearances this evening and he was more often than not in the right place at the right time.

“Shaun Williams was wearing my boots today and so I can now say that my pair of boots have scored a goal in the FA Cup proper. Shauny’s a wonderful footballer, whose played as a central defender, a ‘number 10’ and a central midfielder and never looked out of place - it’s scary.

“Bowditch’s groin’s flared up again but hopefully he’ll be back fit soon because he’s a key player for us. People will ask whether he meant his goal but our coaching tip for in-swinging free-kicks is to aim for the back post and hope that it sneaks inside if everybody misses it and that’s what he’s done.

“It was a wonderful delivery, one of many today. We get an awful lot of free-kicks in the final third and most of the time we put a hand on it and play it short. Tonight we tried something different by getting the big guys forward from the back and pumping it into the box when we got a set-piece in the final third and it worked.”

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