Fans should be safe to come to football, says Robbo after QPR crowd trouble

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Karl Robinson refused to comment on the crowd trouble which marred the end of Dons’ 3-0 defeat to QPR on Saturday.

After a goal-less first period, strikes from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Matt Phillips put Rangers two to the good with 12 minutes remaining, sparking trouble in the away end at Loftus Road.

As stewards and police moved into break up the trouble while Dons were 2-0 down late in the game, Robinson said his focus remained firmly on the game in front of him, and could only watch on as Junior Hoillet made it three with two minutes to go.

“It’s not something we’re used to seeing,” said Robinson afterwards. “But if I comment on that, you’d be disappointed if I wasn’t concentrating on the game.

“I saw police, but if we’ve done something wrong, we’ll deal with it.

“People should be able to come to a football match with kids and family and watch safely. I’d only be guessing and labelling people.”

After a performance described as ‘rubbish’ by the Dons boss in midweek in the 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield, Robinson felt his side were a match for QPR, who were plying their trade in the Premier League last season.

And he certainly didn’t think the 3-0 scoreline reflected the true outcome.

He said: “It was a bit harsh I felt. When the opposition fans boo their own yellow card and want a red card, you know you’ve got them on the ropes.

“I thought our game plan worked. QPR didn’t play any football today. They put us under pressure from set-pieces - get it into our final third and lock on. To reduce them to how they played today shows how well we did tactically. But we switched off and it cost us the game in the last 20 minutes.

“I didn’t think we were out-played against a strong QPR side. Their front four is as good as you’re going to see. Yes, they’re shaky because the expectations are so high, but we weren’t able to capitalise.

“It has been the case all season, we were just as good as Huddersfield. The reality is hitting home now that if you switch off, any team can capitalise. These QPR players have the quality to finish us off, Premier League players who are punishing us.

“We could have stayed in the game at 1-0, but we conceded quickly because we tried to get back on level terms.”

It could have been a different story though, had striker Simon Church buried his glorious second half opportunity at 0-0, turning Clint Hill well to get Dons’ first glimpse of goal.

But seeing his strike well saved by former England keeper Rob Green, Robinson lamented the killer instinct his side are lacking of late.

“I want to see him score,” said Robinson. “I felt he went at it with the wrong foot. But Nicky Maynard missed some too.

“We need to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch, and improve all areas of our game.

“We need to be better in the final third and be ruthless for 90 minutes. I think we believe we can switch off when things are going right, but we can’t.

“We have to be better, we have to accept the criticism. We are where we are, we’re punching above our weight, we understand that, but we’ll fight to overcome the odds.

“It’ll come, the more games we play. But we cannot wait for much longer or it’ll be too late.”