RYAN Lowe is beginning to show what he was brought to MK Dons as his third goal in four matches saw off Hartlepool on Saturday.
Lowe’s 15th minute volley separated the sides, and it could have been an awful lot more had it not been for Pools keeper Scott Flinders making a string of impressive saves to keep Dons at bay.
In truth, it was a cruise for the home side, but after a nervy period in the middle of the second half, Dons come away from the game with all three points, and are now within touching distance of the top.
Karl Robinson said afterwards: “It was comfortable but I understand the frustration of the fans because we didn’t get more goals. But when you look at the game, how was it not three, four or five?!
“People look at games and think they’re bankers- who would have predicted that Cardiff would have got beaten at home to Peterborough? Or the results in our league? It’s such a topsy-turvy league, but it’s important that when you win, you win comfortably.
“We were just a slip or a wonder-goal away from dropping two points, but that’s as comfortable a 1-0 as you’re going to get.
“It’s important to me that when you come up against sides like that, you put them to the sword. And that was disappointing today. But it’s three points and that’s all that matters. I won’t remember game tomorrow morning!
“We have a sneaky look at the other results but we can only worry about our own fate. There were things that went right, things that weren’t acceptable. There was anxiety from both the players and the fans in the middle of the second half which led to their little bit of play they had, but other than that, it was a very professional performance.”
Robinson also singled out Ryan Lowe’s performance, admitting he is beginning to show the goal-scoring talent which attracted him to make a move for the former Sheffield Wednesday player in the summer.
“That’s what I bought him for.” He said. “He’s had his critics this season, none more so than me, but that’s my job. It’s important for him to accept that, adapt to it and move on. We’ve had our debates this season, but we all do that. He looks free, like he’s going to score and confident in front of goal.
“He almost ran himself into the ground today. He’s now in the goals and I hope it can last for a while.”
And questions were being asked about Shaun Williams’ disallowed effort in the first half, but Robinson said there was a clear push in the build up and that it was rightly ruled out.
“It was definitely a push,” he admitted. “Our goal was onside, and there was definitely a push when Shaun Williams scored.”