Karl Robinson insists the defeat to Peterborough United has only added fuel to the fire within him and his MK Dons players.
courtesy of a brace from striker Britt Assombalonga.mkstadiumThe men from MK1 missed out on an opportunity to draw level on points with the sixth-placed Posh on Saturday after losing 2-0 at
The result saw the the Dons slip six points adrift of the play-off places with just nine games left to play but the Dons boss is still refusing to give up on a top-six finish and is confident his players will respond.
The 33-year-old told MK Dons Player: “It was a negative game in the first half and I thought we were holding on to an extent. There were players who hadn’t played a lot of football and I thought that showed.
“In the second half I thought we started really well and we were much the better team. We just switched off for ten minutes and they hit us on the counter attack once or twice and it was a cross-cum shot which led to the first goal and then the penalty.
“There’s one or two things we’ve got to learn from but there are positives to take out of it. It was a young team and a team which had just been put together, again.
“I thought the crowd were magnificent, they really got behind us and I couldn’t ask for no more. For as bad as we might have been in their eyes, I didn’t think you could question anybody’s effort.
“Peterborough have come here and played well but they’ve got some big games coming up in Rotherham and Preston so let’s not lose faith just yet. If we win our next two games we could be back in it.
“My passion and my fire have only been fueled even more off the back of this.”
One real positive to come from Saturday’s game was the impressive cameo by youngster Giorgio Rasulo, who was brought on by Robinson for his first League appearance of the season in the 77th minute.
The first-year scholar went close with a couple of decent shooting opportunities and drew plaudits from supporters on social media after the game.
“I thought young Giorgio, when he came on, did really well. He had a big impact on the game for somebody so young. He showed that he’s going to be a really good player.
“I want to give these young players these experiences of playing in big games and he showed me that he can cope with the big game atmosphere.”
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