Swindon didn’t deserve to be down to 10 men according to Karl Robinson Dons drew with the Robins at stadium:mk on Saturday.
After Alex Pritchard’s free kick pitched Swindon into a first half lead, Nathan Byrne was sent off for a challenge on Shaun Williams, early in the second half. This allowed Dons to capitalise, with Patrick Bamford scoring his fifth of the season to level things up.
Byrne’s red card changed the complexion of the game, but Robinson felt the red card was harsh.
“The only thing the referee can think it is is intent. But we know Nathan Byrne, there was no intent. It was just a tired tackle, but it’s not the norm for the referee to sent people off.
“I think we edged the first half, but we weren’t the better of the two teams. It was very equal. I think we had the better of the chances in the first half.
“But when we scored the goal, we were poor for 10 minutes. It gave them a chance to get their shape back, rather than keeping them on the ropes. We didn’t punish them and we let them get their momentum back.”
Dons had two penalty shouts turned away in the first half too, but Robinson said referee Stuart Atwell was right to wave their appeals off.
“I got it wrong,” said Robinson. “You have to take your hat off to the referee in those one. I’ve seen a lot of refs give those.”
Dons did have the ball in the net late on, but substitute George Baldock was adjudged offside. After viewing the replays though, Robinson was left feeling frustrated.
He said: “Our goal was a yard onside at the end. We can pick a lot of bones out of that performance, but I’m happy with a point.”
Dons remain unbeaten in League 1, and climb to fourth in the table, with the remainder of the teams playing later in the afternoon.
And Robinson is pleased with the way things are going at the moment.
He said: “We’ve still got players out injured, but we’re going to be a good team at this level.
“If I’d been offered 10 points at this stage at the beginning of the season, I’d probably have taken it.”