Lowe’s tackle was idiotic says Robbo

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KARL Robinson had no defence for striker Ryan Lowe after his sending off cost Dons the game against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Lowe faced the media in the aftermath of the 3-0 defeat, apologising for his horror-challenge on Tommy Elphick, and admitted he’d be fined for his moment of madness.

And Robinson said Lowe’s actions were idiotic in the circumstances of the game.

“He’s let everyone down,” he said. “I don’t condone idiotic behaviour. If I think you’ve done something that lets down this football club, you either take it like a man, or you walk away and you’re gone.

“He decided to come out and talk to the press.

“We all it was a moment of madness. We all have them, and that was a silly thing to do. He will be fined, but he feels he’s let everyone down.”

Robinson though pointed fingers at some of the Bournemouth players for the way they reacted to Lowe’s dismissal.

He said: “I was disappointed with their players too for large parts of the game. The way Elphick grabbed Lowe by the legs and had him by the throat but didn’t get any punishment.

“I heard one or two things said to Lowe as he walked off too. You need to conduct yourself with a bit more class. Some of the things were said about his wife and family weren’t nice.”

Despite shipping three goals and losing for the second time in a week, Robinson said his players bravely fought on with 10 men.

He said: “None of the players shirked responsibility today. There was a mistake from Jon Otsemobor, who said ‘I don’t know what came over me.’

“Other than that, I thought we were the better team. The game hinged on the sending off.

“There were one or two individual errors, but no-one shirked responsibility. We showed great passion and were the better team in the first half.

“I had two choices: keep it the way it was at 2-0, or give it a right good go. It’s disappointing to lose, but we’re missing key players still.”

He did have some harsh words to say about the linesman in front of him in the first half though.

He added: “I’ve had enough of keeping my mouth shut now. The idiot assistant referee down here… The referee changed them over at half time. In the second half, what the assistant deemed a foul wasn’t the same. Where’s the consistency?”

Dons are now 13 points off the top of the table and are languishing down in 11th in League 1.

But Robinson passionately dedicated himself to the cause, promising not to stop fighting until the season was over.

“I’m not letting this go, trust me, it means too much to me,” he said. “I put things on hold for this and I’m not going to stop.

“We might not be there at the end of the year, but we’ve had a ridiculous year of sendings off, and huge injuries.

“We have had a make-shift team all season. But I’m not going to stop. If people want me to, they can come and fight me in the streets because I’m not going to stop I get this club where it belongs. Whether it’s this year, next year or the year after.

“If any staff member, player doesn’t want to pull his weight and doesn’t want to be here, then they can go.”