Pitch was unplayable, says Robbo after Crawley win

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Karl Robinson felt the Checkatrade.com Stadium pitch was bordering on unplayable, but was delighted to see his side win their fourth match in a row against Crawley.

Goals from Stephen Gleeson and Patrick Bamford saw Dons travel home 2-0 winners.

But with heavy rain in the last few days, the pitch was slow, boggy and bobbling, making it tough for both sets of players.

Overall though, Robinson was pleased to come away with another three points.

He said: “The pitch isn’t great, almost unplayable, but the referee said it was on and we had to play. We got a goal in each half is all I can ask for. The goals are unbelievable too.

“The divots aren’t suited for football matches! This shouldn’t be allowed to be played on, but in months gone by, we’d have lost this game.

“We needed to get ourselves up for this one, and we did it. The games come thick and fast at this time of year.

“There’s a good vibe in the group, with four convincing wins and no goals conceded. We’re doing alright, but we’re not where we need to be. There’s still a lot more to come. But we looked comfortable today I think.

“It’s two down, two wins and Brentford to come. But we don’t fear them. We’ll give our best and that’s all we can ask. We’ve got something to hold on to now.”

Despite scoring his second in as many matches, Gleeson picked up his fifth yellow card of the season and will miss Sunday’s trip to Griffin Park.

His manager though feels he has enough strength in depth to deal with the loss of the Irishman.

“Losing Gleeson is a big loss for us, but that’s a chance for someone else to come in and stake their claim for that position.

“I thought Samir Carruthers was tremendous. As a group, we all did well. It was nice to get the win.”

Despite the comfortable nature of the performance, Robinson admits, defensively, there are still things to work on ahead of the Brentford game.

“There are one or two things I’m not happy with, but we will go away and work on them and be a better team for Brentford.

“They created one or two decent chances that could have been dealt with better defensively, but that’s what David Martin is there for, to get us out of holes.”

Both Shaun Williams and Patrick Bamford hobbled off in the second half against Crawley, but Robinson quashed any fears of long-term injuries.

He said: “(Williams) has had a twinge and is a bit uncomfortable, as did Patrick Bamford late on, but I can’t see any reason why both won’t be available for Brentford.”