Fulham were lucky to draw, says Robbo

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson felt his team deserved more than a point from their clash with Fulham.

Dean Bowditch gave the team the lead with a smart opening goal, but Moussa Dembele grabbed an equaliser in the last moments of the opening 45.

Robinson said that although the game became more equal in the second period, his team’s first half display was deserving of the full reward from the encounter.

He commented, “I don’t think it was a fair result. It maybe a reflection on the second half, which I thought was a very equal half. Territorially we had a lot of the ball then.

“The biggest disappointment is that we were excellent in the first half, and they were nowhere near as good as in the second half as we were in the first half. We should’ve been two up, but then from nowhere, we slightly switch off and Dembele taps on in. And that’s football.”

Robinson admitted the team were disappointed not to keep their advantage, but was pleased his players showed a strong mental attitude.

He said, “We should’ve killed it off and they will see they were lucky to go in 1-1. We were disappointed, but I thought the players responded in the second half not in a deflated manner, but one where they knew they couldn’t lose, and they showed a tremendous mental state.”

Fulham fielded a starting team that included £11million striker Ross McCormack, and Robinson was proud his team were not over-awed by their more expensively-assembled opponents.

He said, “The second half was very even, but they’ve got one player worth more than my whole team six times over. Our team was put together with about £200,000-there-thereabouts in transfer fees, and we’re going against a team with players worth millions of pounds, including one over £10m.

“It’s so difficult to compete that hard, but I’ve never been so proud of my players as I am at the moment. These boys are sensational.”

Robinson also felt that while Fulham bought great players, their keeper Joe Lewis had as much a hand in ensuring the visitors took something.

He commented, “When we also look at a pitch with Cairney, McCormack and Dembele, they had such good players. I also thought Joe Lewis was excellent and kept them in the game in the first half. The low save he made to clear one off the line in the first half was phenomenal.”