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Robbo is April’s Manager of the Month

1 May 2015

Karl Robinson has been named Sky Bet League 1’s Manager of the Month for April.

During the last four weeks, the Dons boss has led his side to within touching distance of the automatic promotion places, after taking 19 points from a possible 21.

His team scored 20 goals during April while conceding just three times – they also won five games by at least two goals.

Robinson, who also won the award in January, saw off competition from Chesterfield’s Paul Cook, Steve Cotterill of Bristol City and Preston North End boss Simon Grayson.

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel and he said: “Yet again Karl has pushed MK Dons forward with a phenomenal goal difference.

“Simon Grayson’s Preston have also been in great form and it will be an interesting battle between the two of them to see who gets automatic promotion alongside Bristol City.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: “To go seven games unbeaten at any stage of the season is a tough ask.

“But to do it in the final month of the season is an incredible achievement when you consider the immense pressure.

“Karl is to be commended for the run that has taken the promotion race to the Sky Bet Championship down to the final day.

“The stand out results from the month were the 3-0 victories against Swindon, Fleetwood and Doncaster as well as the 6-1 victory over Leyton Orient.”

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: “At the start of the month it looked like automatic promotion was out of reach for MK Dons and they entered the month 7/4 shots to be promoted having been odds on earlier in the year.

“Robinson’s team have responded though, scoring 20 goals and keeping five clean sheets in seven to keep the pressure on Preston and the dream of automatic is still alive going into the final weekend.

“If they don’t finish top two then they will certainly be the team that everyone will be afraid of going into this year’s Play-Offs given their blistering April form.”

Meanwhile, Will Grigg finished as a runner-up for the Player of the Month award, despite scoring seven goals in six games – the gong went to Preston striker Jermaine Beckford.

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