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Karl: One of the best

1 January 2013

Karl Robinson believes his side’s 2-1 win over Notts County was ‘one of the best’ of his managerial career, as MK Dons began 2013 with three points.

The Dons came into the game on the back of two consecutive home defeats and with an ever-growing injury list but strikes from Darren Potter and Daniel Powell inside the opening 15 minutes got the New Year off to a positive start.

The victory was the Club’s first at Meadow Lane since Boxing Day 2007 and boss Robinson was understandably delighted at being able to leave Nottinghamshire with an important result which saw his side climb back into 6th in the League 1 table. 

Speaking after the game, he said: “This is possibly one of my best victories as a manager because these are testing times for me as we’re very patched up at the moment.

“We lost (Angelo) Balanta and (Dean) Bowditch during the game and we are also without (Stephen) Gleeson, (Luke) Chadwick and (Jon) Otsemobor. We’re surviving on 18 players at the moment and playing so many games in such a short space of time is difficult for any time at this level.

“But the people here just work so hard so it was nice to put in a performance like that against a very strong Notts County side. Keith Curle is a very good footballing manager and I told the players that this was going to be difficult, so for us to come here and get a result is a massive bonus.

“This could have been a disastrous Christmas period and while I’m not overly happy because we’ve only got three points out of nine, this win has allowed us to go into the New Year with tremendous confidence. 

“We won’t get too carried away but we’re just pleased with what was a fantastic performance and result.”

Powell’s 13th minute finish was his second in as many games and his manager was keen to praise the wide-man who has experienced patchy form this season.

“Daniel Powell has had critics but he’s worked really hard to put things right. I think he gets criticised mainly because he sets very high standards as we all know he can be unplayable. He’s got two in two now and that will give him a load of confidence.

“I thought Bowditch was magnificent today too before he had to come off and I’d also like to give a mention to Alan Smith for playing so well in these last two games in such a short space of time.  It was also great to be able to bring on Gary for a cameo appearance.”

The Dons now take a break from the League, as they face an FA Cup Third Round trip to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday this coming Saturday.

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