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Karl: Remarkable achievement

26 January 2013

Karl Robinson referred to his side’s victory over QPR as a ‘remarkable achievement’, after the Dons made it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Robinson’s men ran-out 4-2 winners at Loftus Road in front of 3,155 travelling Dons supporters, with goals from Dean Lewington, Ryan Lowe, Ryan Harley and Darren Potter helping to cause one of the biggest upsets of the competition so far.
Two late strikes from Rangers forward Jay Bothroyd and Manchester United loanee Fabio da Silva reduced the margin of victory, but didn’t affect the outcome as the Dons booked their place in the hat for the last 16 draw.
And when speaking after the game, Robinson was keen to praise both his players and the fans, who coupled together to create a memorable afternoon for the Football Club.
The 32-year-old said: “Today was a remarkable achievement by all involved. Both the players and the fans deserved this today and it’s a tremendous reward for all the effort and hard-work they’ve both put in.
“Football fans get a lot of stick nowadays and days like today are a massive outlay financially for the fans so we are extremely thankful for the support. It just shows, though, when we can get a big turnout, like we did today, the players won’t let you down.
“We felt like we had to play a certain way. We knew in the first half that they would have a lot of the ball, with both Granero and Faurlin keen to get on it. We wanted to make sure we weren’t out of the game by half-time and so we didn’t press them and didn’t allow them to get in behind us.
“I don’t think we deserved to be 2-0 up at half-time but I felt we deserved to win the game. I knew there was more in us and we showed it in the second half. To come to a Premier League team and put on a show like we did in the second half is brilliant.
“I’m not too worried about conceding them two goals late on. It might be different if it was a League game but it’s all about getting through in the Cup and we did that.
“Today is a great day and we’ll enjoy it. It’s a day that will live with all of us, I’m sure, for a long, long time.”

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