League table doesn’t matter, says Robbo

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Karl Robinson has urged fans not to pay much attention to the league table after Dons dropped to seventh in League 1 following the 0-0 draw with Doncaster on Saturday.

Tom Flanagan hit the upright, while Benik Afobe and Carl Baker both came close late on as Dons picked up their second 0-0 draw on the road in seven days, having shared the points with Leyton Orient last Saturday, but it is a run which has seen them drop out of the play-off places.

But it’s still all to play for, with Dons still just four points from second with two games in hand.

“People will see us drop out of the play-offs and will wonder what is happening,” said Robinson afterwards. “But it doesn’t matter because there are so many games to play. Oldham and Notts County are playing really well, and are a bit of a shock to the league this year, but we feel strong where we are.

“We’ve still got two games in hand. We don’t need to shout - we’re a good team.

“I think we’re disappointed, but a draw was probably fair. We shaded it in terms of chances too I think.

“We had Carl Baker’s header at the end, Benik Afobe’s chance off the line and then Tom Flanagan hitting the post as well. We finished really strongly, and if we didn’t, we probably would have been happier with a draw.

“Our last three away games have been two teams relegated from the Championship and one who made the play-off final.

“On paper, when we saw that at the beginning of the season, it looked like a really tough period.”

Most pleasing for Robinson was his side’s ability to keep another clean sheet, even with a make-shift back four in the absence of first choice defenders Lee Hodson and Kyle McFadzean.

Robinson said: “I think we’ve kept eight clean sheets so far, and last season we only kept 12 - we’re only in October. We’re scoring more goals, we’re conceding less and we want to keep moving forward and improving.”

And the shining light at the back for the manager was Tom Flanagan.

“He was man of the match,” said his manager. “Every time he was called upon, he won the headers and challenges.”