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Karl: Delighted with late winner

15 February 2014

Karl Robinson spoke of his delight after his MK Dons side came from behind to beat Oldham Athletic in stoppage time on Saturday afternoon.

The Dons fell behind with 37 minutes played courtesy of a header from Adam Lockwood but second-half strikes from Samir Carruthers and, later, Ben Reeves secured a valuable three points for Robinson and his men, who also recorded back-to-back victories for the first time in 2014.

It was little more than Dons deserved following their dominant second half display and after the game, their manager Robinson told BBC Three Counties: “There’s nothing like it for the fans and professionals as well, I slipped over three times while I was celebrating. It is one of those moments where it was really exciting.

“I think Oldham deserve a mention as well because they were very good first half and I thought we were very poor and they caused us an awful lot of problems. Second half, though, I thought we were very, very good and we stuck to our team plan and we were more dominant in our passing.

“I always felt we were going to score because of the result against Walsall and we need to have that belief more often because the belief in the stadium filters onto the pitch. We didn’t force the issue, we didn’t try and chase the game, and we let it come and took the chance when it came along.

“(Ben) Reeves deserves all the plaudits he’s a great kid. He’s someone who we got as a free transfer and someone who, for some unknown reason, was wanted by other clubs and we’ve turned him into a goal scoring number ten. It’s a testament to him as an individual as well.

“But I’m proud of the players today; they deserve tremendous credit because it’s a big win for us and gives us tremendous belief in ourselves.”

Although the Dons don’t climb a place in the Sky Bet League 1 table with today’s win they do close the gap on the top six to seven points but Robinson insists the team’s change of mentality means they are now solely focused on the next game.

“We’ve changed our mentality. Before, if we win we’re going up and if we lose we’re going down and it’s too inconsistent. We need to have a consistency right across the board and my main focus now is the next game.

“Our mind set is just to worry about the next game, not two weeks time or the playoffs. We’re now looking at Preston which is a massive game here on Tuesday night. They got a 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient today so we’ve got a massive challenge on our hands.

Finally, Robinson offered an update on the injuries which kept duo Darren Potter and Dean Bowditch out of today’s victory.

He added: “Potter’s injury is a real blow to us. I don’t think people realise what Darren Potter brings to us, he is the one we look to in the dressing room, he is the one the players go off and we looked lost without him in the first half.

“However, the good news is we hope he’ll be back in six weeks and hopefully we might have even more positive news about Potter in the week.

“Bowds also had an operation the other day, but he was back up and walking here today and should only be out for four weeks.”

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