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Karl: Mistakes hurt us

23 November 2013

MK Dons were left to lament ‘individual mistakes’ as they slipped to a 3-2 home defeat to Bradford City at stadiummk.

The Dons twice had to come from behind to cancel out strikes from Nahki Wells and Kyel Reid thanks to Patrick Bamford and a penalty from Shaun Williams. However, six minutes from time the Bantams clinched all three points when Jason Kennedy cropped up with the winner.

It could have been a different story had the Dons made their dominance in the opening 20 minutes count.

Speaking after the match to the media Robinson said: “I thought throughout the 90 minutes we were by far the better team, they had a five-ten minute spell in the second half but I thought we were the better team today.

"They are a good side Bradford; we know that from what they did last year and how well they have done this year. Sadly for us we’ve lost the game. I know why, it’s because of silly errors. I haven’t been able to play my best players; I need to get them back in the team because we will rectify the errors that we are making. 

“We have lost here and there are bones that I have to pick out of it but I’m not going to come out here and have a go at any of my players. I have to look back at the game and look at different components that we have to improve on for Tuesday.

“It wasn’t a free-kick, first of all, and then we switched off. We pride ourselves on our set pieces and we have defended them well so far this season but we switched off and little Nahki Wells has got in between us to score the goal. 

“I was pleased that when we went behind we kept doing the right things to get back into the game. There are elements of that performance that disappoint me, but I think if you were in stadiummk today as a neutral you would say the team in white should have won the game.”

The biggest positive from the game for the Dons was the return of young starlet Dele Alli who returned to action after eight weeks out with ankle ligament damage. The 17-year-old came through 90 minutes and was a real threat throughout in a slightly different formation.

Robinson added: “We went with a unique formation today with Dele playing really narrow of the four and with Patrick slightly withdrawn and it seemed to work early on but then as the game went on we started to o long in the second half, so I felt we needed to get someone like Ben on to get on the ball. 

"Reevesy had a chance at 2-2 which just skimmed past the post, Powelly could have score, Dele could have scored. There were a handful of components in that game which we should have done a little bit better in. 

“The third goal was against the run of play, Dele got the wrong side of their full-back and he’s put the cross in and that is just he’s youthful energy because the boy was magnificent today. They are young players who you have to talk to and aid them, but it was a sucker-punch to us all. It is a unique industry this you don’t get what you deserve but we got it, it’s in the record books and we have to put it right in the forthcoming games.”

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