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Karl wants Dons to tighten up

5 September 2016

Match Reports

Karl wants Dons to tighten up

5 September 2016

Karl Robinson insists his MK Dons side must stop conceding early goals if they are to turn around their recent form.

Robinson’s Dons fell to their first away league defeat of the season on Saturday, after failing to overturn a three-goal deficit conceded in the opening half an hour against Northampton Town at Sixfields.

“It’s not good enough,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD. “They had three shots on target in the first 30 minutes and we’re 3-0 down – we’re fighting an uphill battle from then on in.

“We can’t keep conceding goals. Take the first half an hour out of every game and we’d be top, or thereabouts.”

He continued: “Right now it’s hard if you’re a fan, equally it’s hard as a manager and a player – it’s hurting us and we’re feeling the pain,

“Everyone knows I love this Football Club and the players we’ve got here love this Football Club too, so we need to dig deep and find something from somewhere very quickly.”

Robinson's Dons will look to bounce back this Saturday when they travel to Bolton Wanderers - tickets are priced at £23 adults, £16 seniors/under-23s, £9 under-18s and £7 under-12s, while official away travel is available from £22.

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

“Then we have to start winning games.”

“Reevesy and Kieran couldn’t start but they’re getting back to fitness as well, so hopefully over forthcoming weeks we’ll find more potency from them and more of match sharpness.

“(Ryan) was excellent but unfortunately he only had 65 minutes in him,” he added.

Robinson is looking forward to having him, as well as recovering duo Ben Reeves and Kieran Agard back to full fitness very soon.

One positive for the men from MK1 on Sunday was the performance of debutant Ryan Colclough, who shone during his 71 minutes on the field.

“We will improve because we’ve got good players. The team will get better and involved but it needs to happen quickly because these results can’t keep  happening.”

“One thing about the players, although it’s a negative going two or three goals down, is they aren’t throwing the towel in. They are trying to dig back every single week and give the fans something to believe in.

Their spirit, however, pleased the boss.

To the Dons’ credit, they did their best to claw back Northampton’s three-goal lead but Samir Carruthers’ 94th minute strike left them little time to grab an equaliser.

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