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Robbo: Real positives to take

26 August 2015

Karl Robinson was full of praise for his players after they came from behind in extra-time to beat Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup.

The Dons booked their place in the third round courtesy of a 2-1 triumph at stadiummk, with goals on the night coming from Carl Baker and debutant Josh Murphy – the latter of which was scored in the 108th minute.

“Right from the first whistle we conducted ourselves wonderfully well,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “It was a good performance throughout the whole 120 minutes - I can’t fault my players.

“We weren’t magnificent in the first half but I thought we defended really well. Their goal came against the run of play, we were starting to get a foothold in the game at that stage.

“From that moment on, the players were sensational. I thought the players looked fit in extra-time which is a testament to Damien Doyle, Simon Crampton and the sports science and medicine staff.

“Overall it was a good evening with real positives to take.”

As well as pleased with his players, Robinson was also keen to reserve a special mention for the supporters inside stadiummk who backed the Dons throughout the two-hour tie and helped rally them on to victory.

“Our fans were magnificent  - the way they get behind these players is quite sensational and the players from now on really need to sue that support and momentum.”

Tuesday’s win earned the men from MK1 a place in third round of the Capital One Cup for the fifth time in six years and an enticing meeting with Premier League side Southampton – a tie the Dons boss is looking forward to already.

“It’s a brilliant draw for us,” Robinson added. “It was once a League 1 game and now it’s a Premier League versus Championship game.

“We use Southampton as a benchmark to where we want to be and how we want to go about our business.”

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