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Karl: Support helped us

2 March 2013

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson thanked the fans for their support after the 1-1 draw with Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

Adam Chicksen’s powerful strike two minutes into the contest offered the Dons hope of securing their first League win since New Year’s Day, but a goal from Will Hayhurst five minutes later left Robinson’s men lamenting a fourth consecutive draw.

But, despite the recent run of form, the stadiummk faithful were in full voice throughout and Robinson was keen to praise them, along with his players, even after another frustrating afternoon at MK1.

Speaking to the media, the 32-year-old said: “Today was very frustrating but I thought the fans were excellent and the way they supported and got behind us was brilliant. The players just said in the changing rooms that it made a big difference when the fans give you something back for working hard, and so it’s a big thank you from all of us.

“We need their support right now. Of course, we know the fans need cheering up with a victory but we’re trying our best for them and we’re all working hard for that and I don’t think you can question the players’ effort again today.

“Every single one of them worked hard and I felt we deserved the win. That today was a very strong performance and I don’t really remember being under too much pressure in the game bar 15 minutes in the first half.

“In the end, one sloppy bit of defending cost us in the end. We had one or two gilt-edge chances, especially with Lowey in the first half. He told me afterwards that thought he could have hit it on the full but it started bobbling so he took a touch. He had two bites at it and there was a handball on the line which the referee didn’t see. 

“We should have had two blatant penalties today and it’s remarkable how the referee didn’t see the foul on Dean Lewington. Their goal also came after Ryan Lowe gets clattered on the halfway line. There were some very dubious decisions this afternoon.”

Robinson, though, was keen to take the positives from another hard-fought game, in particular the return of winger Dean Bowditch, who played for the first time in three games after recovering from a groin injury.

“It was good to see Dean Bowditch back out there. He gives us tremendous pace, cleverness and creativity and I’m sure that’ll only come more prominent as the games come thick and fast.

“It was nice to see a front four of Powell, Chadwick, Bowditch and Lowe going forward once again because it’s been a while since we’ve been able to do that. Chaddy looks like he’s getting back to his best and Powelly looked a real threat second half. 

“Today’s game was just another example of how hard it is when you’re on this kind of run. That’s four games now, where we’ve deserved to win but have only come away with a point. For some unknown reason it’s just not happening for us. 

“We won’t stop working, though, because there are too many strong characters in the dressing room to give up. I stood and applauded every single one of them off because I’m so proud of them. I spoke to them all and said that sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve and that’s certainly been the story of the last few games.”

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