Defensive errors have to stop, says Robbo

Robbo reaction
Robbo reaction

Sam Baldock came back to haunt MK Dons on Saturday as Bristol City drew 2-2 with Karl Robinson’s men at stadium:mk.

Despite scoring two goals against two of League 1’s biggest clubs in the last seven days, Dons have only picked up two from a possible six points.

And while on paper it looks like a decent turn-around, with Dons unbeaten in four league matches now, their play has deserved more.

Defensive errors cost them two goals and all three points against Preston last Saturday, and giving the dangerous Sam Baldock too much time and space against Bristol City cost Dons another couple.

And these mistakes need to stop, says Robinson.

“We were disappointed with the way we defended, but we are without Ben Reeves, Dean Lewington and Tom Flanagan. We had 24 hours to put that defence back together. It’s difficult to keep patching players up and sending them back out.

“But you look at Preston and Bristol City - they’re hot favourites to go up, and we’re disappointed about getting a point from each. We have a lot more to come from us. Our goals have to be wonder-goals and well worked. We shouldn’t be gifting goals to opposition.

“We finished the strongest. I’m disappointed because we were the better team overall. Bristol City were time wasting with seven minutes to go just shows you how much we were on top. But Sam will take all the plaudits.”

Baldock’s fourth and fifth goals of the season twice fired City ahead, but goals from Patrick Bamford and Samir Carruthers pulled Dons back into it.

And Robinson admitted that Baldock should be playing at a higher level.

He said: “He’s one of our own, but he’s done us over today! If they can keep Sam Baldock, they’ll be challengers. Five goals already, it’s not a bad return.”

Both Dons goals were brilliantly taken by the on-loan pair of Bamford and Carruthers and both celebrated in fine style, which put a smile on Robinson’s face.

He said: “The football which led to both goals was brilliant and the finishing was phenomenal. But the thing that impressed me most was the way the players who have come in on loan celebrated, because it means so much to them. This is a stepping stone for them, but we don’t mind if they put their hearts into it.

“We’re unbeaten and we’ve played good teams. We’re on a good run, but we need to make sure we win these games. We need to start putting defensive errors right.”