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Boss delighted with Dons’ desire

7 March 2016

Karl Robinson praised the Dons’ attitude and commitment after their 2-0 success over Queens Park Rangers.

The men from MK1 responded to recent results with a convincing win over the R’s at stadiummk – a victory secured by a terrific Dean Lewington strike and a stoppage-time penalty from Ben Reeves.

“The players certainly had the right appetite to compete with a very good QPR side,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “The players’ mentality, togetherness and desire were certainly there for all to see.

“The first half was evenly matched. We contained QPR for 45 minutes and we knew at half-time we had a few more gears to go into in the second half.

“The way we started the second half was sensational – our appetite and desire to get onto the front foot should be applauded. In the second half we deserved the victory.”

He continued: “The players were excellent and I can’t ask for no more. We’re performing better and with these better performances, results will hopefully start to turn.”

“We see him score those goals in training every single day – he’s got a wand of left foot.”

“If I had a criticism of Lewie in the first half, it would be he was playing too deep but the goal stemmed from him playing high up the pitch and winning a 50/50.

Lewington’s stunning 49th minute finish was his first goal of the 2015/16 campaign and Robinson was delighted with his captain’s contribution.

“He has great self confidence and he was arguably one of the best players on the pitch for the first hour. He was excellent in everything he did and it was probably one of his performances in a long time. He’ll learn and he’ll only get better from it.”

Murphy took the penalty himself but saw his effort saved by QPR keeper Alex Smithies – Robinson, though, is confident the winger, who he felt played well on Saturday, will bounce back.

It wasn’t until the third minute of injury-time when the Dons added to Lewington’s opener with Reeves’ fourth goal of the season, although they had the chance seven minutes earlier to secure the points when Josh Murphy was tripped up in the box.

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