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Robbo glad to remain in the Cup

11 January 2016

Karl Robinson is pleased his Dons side remain in the Emirates FA Cup despite not being at their best on Saturday.

The men from MK1 struck late to earn a 2-2 draw with Northampton Town in their third-round tie at Sixfields Stadium and secure a replay next week, where a place in the next stage of the competition will be up for grabs.

“The most important thing for me is that we’re still in the competition,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “We’ve got the chance to take it back to stadiummk and we’ll have a go there.

“It was horrible weather and the pitch was really difficult to play on. The wind was gusting through and with it in the first half we got an advantage but in the second they capitalised on it.

“The first 15 and the last 15 minutes were excellent but the middle hour was poor. Once we went 1-0 up we came off it a little bit. There were players that disappointed me. It wasn’t necessarily those that came off, there were ones who stayed on that were disappointing.

“(Northampton) showed why they are where they are in League 2. They played with a high intensity and they pressed us really well. We dropped a bit deeper and tried to play a bit longer rather than trying to keep the ball.”

“It was a local derby, away from home in horrible, where we’ve not been at our best against a team who are flying in their division and we’re not out. That’s important for me. We stuck at it right until the end and that’s a trait we are going to need for the rest of the season.”

Robinson continued: “We might have rode our luck but if we did, maybe it’s because of the hard work we’ve put in all season.

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