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Karl: We deserved more

18 January 2014

Karl Robinson expressed his disappointed after his MK Dons side failed to take maximum points from their trip to Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.

The Dons had led two-nil at half-time courtesy of goals from Shaun Williams and Ben Reeves but a second half brace from their former striker Sam Baldock saw the game finish 2-2. 

The result does see the men from MK1 remain just six points adrift of the play-off places with a game in hand, but a frustrated Robinson told MK Dons Player after the game that his side deserved much more than just a point.

He said: “I thought we played better in the second half than we did in the first half, as silly as that sounds because we conceded two goals. We were so open in the first half and we were letting Sam (Baldock) play on the shoulder, which made it more difficult for our centre-halves.

“Steve (Cotterill) has got a great side here, a real difficult team to play against, and when they’ve got the striking quality like they have you know they’re always going to score goals.

“But, after we got over that first period I thought we dominated large parts of the game and in the second half I thought were looked strong, compact and I thought tactically we dealt with their threat. We looked to hit them on the break like we wanted to do but you’ve got to take your chances when they come along. 

“We had three or four gilt-edge chances in the second half to put the game out of sight; at two-nil Longy’s through one-on-one and if he makes it three-nil it’s game over and then at 2-1 we had a good chance with Bowds and then Chaddy.

“Our two goals, though, were really well executed and Samir’s two contributions were brilliant. It’s frustrating because we score two wonderful goals and they score two scrappy goals and that’s the disappointing thing for us, we don’t get those scrappy goals.

“We’re disappointed because we should have got more than what we got but it’s not a bad point.”

Saturday’s match came just four days after the side were forced into extra-time by Wigan Athletic in The FA Cup with Budweiser but Robinson insists fatigue was not an issue and, in fact, believed his side finished the strongest.

He added: “I believe Wigan got beat today which just shows what it took out of them on Tuesday night. We played 120 minutes of football against one of the in-form sides in the Championship in the week and so to play like we did today is a tremendous testament to the players

“I thought we finished really strong and I know they’ll point to that late free-kick but I felt we looked the more likely to go on and win it. It’s a testament to Damien (Doyle) and his team, the Medical staff but also to the players.”

Finally,  Robinson was keen to reserve a special mention for his young striker Chris Long who, in only his second senior start, caused the Robins defence a whole host of problems throughout the afternoon.

“Longy’s 18 years of age and considering that’s only his second senior game I thought he conducted himself very well; his work ethic is phenomenal. He could have scored but he hit the target. He’s going to be some player and while he’s here we’ll keep persevering with him. He’s a special talent.”

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