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Boss lauds superb support

9 May 2016

Karl Robinson was full of praise for the supporters after Saturday’s season finale against Nottingham Forest.

Despite MK Dons’ fate having already been confirmed, there were still over 11,000 home fans inside stadiummk and most of those stayed behind after the final whistle for the players’ lap of appreciation.

“Eleven thousand people turned up even though we’d already been relegated – that’s fantastic!” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “It highlights the growth and development of this Football Club.

“We haven’t achieved our goal this season but the fans have stuck with us – we all wanted to thank the fans for all they’ve done.”

“There’s a lot going on already because we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got some big weeks ahead where we’ll look to try and rebuild the Football Club.”

“My team at the start of next season will be better than the team that finished against Nottingham Forest. We’ll come back bigger, stronger and more educated than ever before.

“That (performance against Forest) wasn’t good enough to compete in League 1. We’ll need to play three or four times better than what we did in this game, if we are to be successful in that division.

“Being relegated is one of the worst things that can happen to you in football but we’re at a point now, though, where we can only look forward. It’s about how we respond to this season, how we get back up.

Robinson, though, believes the experiences of the past nine months will only make the players, staff and supporters stronger going into 2016/17.

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His manager commented: “To play 600 games with one club is an amazing achievement. You have to take your hat off to him.”

And while one player was beginning his professional journey, another reached an incredible milestone as Dean Lewington made his 600th appearance for the Dons.

“It was nice to see Oran on the pitch,” Robinson added. “He’s a centre back but he showed in his time in central midfield that he’s extremely gifted.”

There was one positive to take from Saturday’s match and that was Oran Jackson making his senior debut at the age of 17.

He continued: “We’ve all learnt this season, from myself to the Chairman, to the players and the fans. We’ve all learnt a lot about ourselves but we can all leave this season with our heads held high and ready to move forwards.”

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