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Karl: Some must do more

2 March 2014

Karl Robinson has called upon some of his players to do more in the wake of their defeat to Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon.

With results elsewhere in the country going in their way, MK Dons could have closed the gap on the play-off places with a victory but a 23rd minute goal from Sheffield’s Stefan Scougall saw that margin between them and the top six remain at six points.

The men from MK1 did have several good chances to salvage something from the contest in the second half but it just wasn’t to be and after the game a disappointed Robinson confessed his side’s performances didn’t warrant three points.

Speaking to the media, the 33-year-old said: “I didn’t think we deserved to win it, I didn’t think we played enough football to deserve to win it. We can’t say we were dominant or classy in possession because we were far from that.

“We huffed and puffed in the second half and had some really good chances but for us to say we should have walked away with three points would be a little bit unfair on Sheffield United.  It wasn’t a classic game.

“Their goal gave them the opportunity to sit on the edge of their box and stop us playing our football so we had to change things and then we became too predictable and sour.

“There were some really poor performances, I felt. It’s not fair for me to name them and I’m not going to but a lot of people need to do a lot better. One or two players in their need to so much better and I think some of them think they’re going to play because we’re low on numbers.”

Robinson held his post-match press conference on the stadiummk pitch to highlight the damage caused by the recent bad weather and while aware that nothing can be done until the close season the Liverpudlian couldn’t hide his frustration, adding: “You can’t trust the pitch.

“The pitch is not only uneven it’s dry and you can’t play our style of football on it. If you’re going to play football on the floor you’ve got to have the facilities to do so and, at the moment, playing home is having a disadvantage on us.

“To be fair to Joe (Aylett, Head Groundsman) and everyone involved we all know it’s not good enough and the way the weather has been this year, we’ve just not been able to get this any better. But, we’ve got to make it better because it’s becoming too difficult.”

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