Robbo embarrassed by ‘shambolic’ final half hour

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Dons boss Karl Robinson blasted the last half an hour against Crewe as a ‘shambles’ as Dons lost 2-1 at Gresty Road.

After leading through Patrick Bamford, Mathias Pogba’s double won it for the Railwaymen, while Antony Kay’s third sending off of the season only compounded the misery.

Despite looking the better team for an hour, Dons failed to capitalise, hitting the woodwork three times before Kay’s slip six minutes from time allowed Pogba to slot home the winner.

After the game, Robinson again threatened his players with the boot in the summer if don’t start performing soon.

“I thought there was only one team in it for the first hour. But then for the final half an hour we were appalling. That’s as bad as I’ve seen us in a long time.

“The last 30 minutes was nothing short of embarrassing. I have to hold my hands up and accept that we were very, very poor. I’ve never minced my words, and I’ll admit when I’m wrong, but that was a shambles.

“Some of them won’t be playing for the football club next season. I’ll be here. But if they put in performances like that, they won’t be here because it’s not acceptable.

“But when you finish a game like that it’s not acceptable. If I have to take responsibility for the season, then so do the players. And if they can’t take responsibility, then they’re in the wrong industry.”

Robinson said he felt let down by Kay’s late red card.

“The sending off was an embarrassment to Antony Kay,” he said. “I’ve backed him in the past and there has been decisions I’ve defended him against, but they were two blatant yellow cards. And he knows how difficult things are at the moment. He’s let me down, his team-mates and the fans down.”

But despite the defeat, Robinson still has a target of 18 points from the remaining 24, clinging to his play-off aim.

He said: “We now have six games to win out of eight. There’s a target to achieve. If they do start losing games, I’ll make changes - I don’t know who I’ll put in though! I’ve got some good young players at the club - maybe it’ll mean more to them.

“I’ll raise their spirits or they can go. I know whose hearts are in it. I’ll have a meeting with every single player tomorrow, from 9am until 1pm.

“They will get everything I think of them. But I care a lot about them, and I’ll continue to protect the ones who work hard and whose hearts are still in it. “