Robbo frustrated at delay

Robinson and Waddock
Robinson and Waddock

Dons boss Karl Robinson has been left frustrated after Saturday’s fixture with Oldham was postponed just six days before it was to be played.

The Latics had three players - Carl Winchester, Kirk Millar and Edijs Joksts - have all been picked for international duty, triggering a clause which allows teams to postpone a game.

The fixture is now likely to be played in January 2014, but Robinson said as frustrating as the postponement was, he understands Oldham manager Lee Johnson’s decision.

He said: “It’s frustrating because we’re in good form at the moment and we’re winning games.

“Oldham have called the game off because they don’t feel they have a squad adequate enough to compete with us.

“It’s difficult to take, but you have to respect that. Lee Johnson has to make the decision based on his team, not mine.

“But on Saturday, we were going there without Lee Hodson, Samir Carruthers, Antony Kay, David Martin, Ben Reeves, Luke Chadwick, Dele Alli and Dean Bowditch.

“Stephen Gleeson wouldn’t have been fully fit, and nor is Izale McLeod.

“And we were ready to play.”

It means that, going in to the Bradford game, Dons will be two weeks without a competitive match, and three weeks without any action in League 1.

Robinson though thinks it might just be a blessing in disguise.

“Maybe it hasn’t come at a bad time,” he said “It will give some of our players, like Patrick Bamford and Darren Potter, a rest.”