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Karl: Frustration and positivity in defeat

17 August 2016

Karl Robinson was left ‘frustrated’ after seeing his MK Dons side’s unbeaten start to the 2016/17 season come to an end at Stadium MK.

Robinson’s Dons found themselves 2-0 down 17 minutes into Tuesday’s clash and despite a dominant second-half display, and an Ed Upson goal in stoppage-time, they weren’t able to overturn the deficit.

“I’m frustrated,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “We had 17 shots in the second half and they had none, which shows the dominance we had.

“The first half was very even. We started for the first seven or eight minutes on fire but didn’t really ask any questions and they hit us with two sucker punches. From then on they didn’t hit the target and we dominated in the second half.

“Stats don’t win games and the most important one is the result, but all we can do is coach the players to make sure we dominate all the other areas of the game.”

“If we get those three things right, we’ll build some momentum and then we’ll be a good team. We’ve got a long road to go, a lot of football still to play and we will get better.”

“We also need to have more productivity at the end of our good play. I was disappointed with the amount of times we got into the final third and ended up with nothing – we say all the time to the players that if you’re going on the attack, just end up with something.

“We have to have more attempts on goal throughout the game and consistently ask questions of the goalkeeper. We turned down some shots and crosses tonight, so that’s an area where we need to get better.

“We’ve got to cut out conceded silly goals. We’ve had 10 bad minutes in two games and conceded four goals – for me, that’s a worry.

“I’m disappointing and frustrated but equally excited because this is a new team. It’s been put together in the summer and we always said that these early games wouldn’t define our season – this team is going to grow and get better together.

The loss was the Dons’ first of the new campaign but Robinson remains optimistic that his new-look side can produce the good this season – so long as they learn from their mistakes on Tuesday evening.

Robinson's Dons will look to bounce back on Saturday when they travel to Rochdale - tickets for the clash at Spotland are priced at £22 adults, £16 seniors/young persons and £5 juniors, while away travel is available at a rate of £23 adults and £22 all other supporters.

To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office/centre:mk kiosk or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from the Club until 5pm on Friday.

The Liverpudlian also confirmed that Darren Potter and an unnamed player suffered injuries in the game, while George C Williams was brought off as part of the Club’s plan to build him up slowly following his extended summer break.

“They stuck with the players through thick and thin and I didn’t hear anything that was derogatory – it was solid support.”

“The fans were excellent today – those in the Cowshed were trying to suck that ball into the goal.

Despite the disappointing of facing a first defeat of the season, the supporters inside Stadium MK stuck with their team for the entirety of Tuesday’s clash – much to the delight of Robinson, who paid tribute to the fans post-match.

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