Individual errors, not Dons’ style, to blame for goals conceded

David Martin PNL-151023-121207002
David Martin PNL-151023-121207002

Dons will not stray from their familiar style of play, despite conceding their last three goals courtesy of defensive lapses.

Antony Kay, Kyle McFadzean and goalkeeper David Martin have all given the ball away at key moments resulting in goals conceded against both Bristol City and Huddersfield, costing Dons valuable points against sides considered to be on a par with them.

But while passing out from the back has been blamed for the goals, manager Karl Robinson believes individual errors are more to blame than the philosophy itself.

“I’ll never tell them to go long,” he said. “We’ve never conceded a goal from doing stupid stuff. We’ve conceded goals through individual errors: that’s different.

“When Dave (Martin) kicks it long, people moan when we lose the header! We can’t please everyone.

“If we were getting dominated, and the opposition were creating chance after chance due to our system them we’d have to change it. But it has never caused us a problem.

“I don’t tell my defenders to take men on or do Cruyff Turns in the centre of the park. There’s only so far I can manage.

“If we were playing 20 passes backwards, then the style has a problem, but we’ve just got to eliminate errors.”