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Karl: Not ruthless enough

21 September 2013

Karl Robinson praised Peterborough United’s defence and goalkeeper in the wake of his side’s 2-1 defeat on Saturday afternoon.

The Posh, who finished the game with nine men after both Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Mark Little were shown straight red cards, managed to hold onto their half-time lead to inflict a first League defeat of the season on the Dons.

Izale McLeod did offer hope with a poacher’s finish late in the second half, but despite having 30 plus shots on goal, the men from MK1 couldn’t breakdown a brave and stubborn defence which Robinson applauded after the game.

When speaking to the media, the 33-year-old said: “You’ve got to take your hat off to their defenders and the goalie, who had the game of his life. He had an absolute wonder game and that’s as good a goalkeeping performance as I’ve seen for a long time.

“Even when he didn’t save it, we hit the post or it hit the bar. I don’t think we could have done anymore, just maybe lady luck, when in front of goal, wasn’t with us for large parts. 

“We had 36 shots but we just didn’t take them. We’ve got to be more ruthless when we get in the final third and that’s not just the strikers, I thought Semy had two sitters from set-pieces in the first 25 minutes.

“As a group, don’t get me wrong, we’ll push on and get better from here. Like everyone involved, it’ll be hard to swallow for the next 24 hours but we’ll come back in on Monday and we’ll go again.

“We’ve still got a long way to go this season and we’ll pick ourselves up from this. We’ll learn lessons from it when we do our de-brief but then we’ll go again with the same hunger and desire as the fans showed today.

“We’re sorry we couldn’t win the derby we all wanted to win. We’re just as disappointed as the fans but we’ll put it right next Saturday.”

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