Players are taking our small squad for granted, says Robbo

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Karl Robinson says he’s sick of players ‘not doing enough’ as he watched MK Dons slump to yet another frustrating 1-0 defeat on Saturday.

Dons lost at stadium:mk to Sheffield United courtesy of a 23rd minute Stefan Scougall goal, in a half where the home side simply didn’t look at the races.

Stopping short of naming players, Robinson said he is growing ever-more tired of players relying on Dons’ small squad to get in the team.

“I’m sick of players not doing enough,” he said. “One or two in there need to do so much better.

“Some rely on the fact that they’ll play because we’re short on numbers, but I’ll play kids and players on loan. There were some really poor performances in the first half, I felt. It’s not fair for me to name them.”

When asked about the impact of Larnell Cole and Daniel Powell on the game though, he said: “It’s difficult for Cole, because the ball was bouncing up around his neck. Powell has a lot of work to do.

“I’m off on another scouting mission tonight, but I’ve got a lot of questions to be asking myself about what we’re doing.”

On the whole though, Robinson admitted his side didn’t deserve to win the game.

He said: “It’s a difficult one. I don’t think we deserved to win it, because I don’t think we played enough football to win it.

“We can’t say we were dominant or classy in possession because we were far from it. We huffed and puffed.

“We had some really good chances, but to walk away saying we deserved the three points would be unfair on Sheffield United to be honest.”

One potential positive to take from the game was the performance of Sanmi Odelusi, the on-loan Bolton player. Coming on with 40 minutes to go, Odelusi was involved in most of the chances Dons created.

Though he had the fans on their feet with every touch, Robinson still feels there’s room for improvement, but wants to extend his initial one-month loan deal until the end of the season.

“He’s quick, powerful and wins things in the air, he’s unpredictable. But he’s unpredictable with the work ethic. If you lose it and don’t know where it is to win it back, it becomes a drain on the team.

“I really like the boy, he has impressed me and I want to see if I can do a deal for the rest of the season.”

The manager held his post-match press conference on the pitch after the game to give members of the media the chance to see the badly balding, bobbly surface up close.

While he knows that nothing can be done until the summer at the earliest, Robinson is left lamenting the damage to the team’s style of play.

He said: “It’s not only uneven, it’s dry, and you just cannot play our style of football on here. I had to change one or two things. We were too predictable. It’s a little bit sour, for me.

“The chairman knows, with the way the weather has been, we can’t make it better. This is my baby. This is our stage. But when it’s rough and unpredictable and against the way we play, we might as well play away every week.”

With an injury-ravaged squad, and international call-ups, Robinson says he is left with six professionals to train during the week.

“We have six professionals to train next week, with injuries and international duties. We have to improve in all areas.

“There’s one or two things that aren’t right off the back of that game, and it’s frustrating. It’ll be a long week for the players.”