Robbo: Dons weren’t very good in the first half but still deserved more

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KARL Robinson admitted the first half performance from his MK Dons side wasn’t good enough in the 1-1 draw with Notts County.

Neal Bishop’s strike from range gave Keith Curle’s men the lead after 27 minutes in a half the away side dominated.

But Jay O’Shea’s second half strike levelled things for Dons as they took over where County left off, looking the only side likely to win the game in the latter stages.

After the game, Robinson admitted that he made mistakes with his tactics in the first 45 minutes, but felt his side did enough to win after the break.

He said: “We did enough to win it I felt, but we weren’t good enough in the first half and I’ll take responsibility for that.

“I don’t think they were better than us in the first half, I didn’t think there was anything in it. But when we don’t play well, people say ‘they were better than you!’

“We weren’t very good, but their goal was a deflected shot from 35-yards. It was a game of two very good teams battling it out, and it was a bit of a stalemate. Maybe I got it wrong in the first half, but we made changes and the boys got me out of trouble.

“They came here with a game plan which nullified our strengths. We looked strong going forward, but we didn’t have that cutting edge. Our forwards held up the ball well and got our wide men involved. Then, we were at our fluent best again. But we’ve just got to get over it.

“We weren’t out-played for 90 minutes. It was an even first half, and they’re going home happy with a point. So we must have done something right.”

And while Dons’ unbeaten home record remains this season, Robinson wasn’t as happy as his counterpart to be leaving with a draw.

“I’m not at all happy with a point,” he said. “It was difficult in the second half because it just didn’t bounce for us. I thought Jay O’Shea made an impact when he came on, scoring the goal, Jon Otsemobor looked good at times. And the more the game went on, our two midfield players started to take the game on.”

Dons now need to reverse the trend away from stadium:mk, facing a tough trip to Gigg Lane to take on Bury on Saturday.

Robinson said: “We move on to Bury, which we know is going to be difficult. We’ve kept our unbeaten record here at home, we just need to go away and sort our form out there now too.”