Robbo left baffled by refereeing once again

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Karl Robinson was left once again questioning refereeing decision as his side lost 4-2 at Gillingham.

Dons had a goal disallowed, a handball appeal turned away and Gavin Hoyte wasn’t shown a red card for bringing down Carl Baker despite being the last man in the defeat at Priestfield - yet more ammunition for Robinson’s refereeing conspiracy theory.

“When you see the penalty - how was that not a sending off? That baffles me. When you see the handball - it baffles me. The goal we scored from the corner that was disallowed. It’s playground stuff. It’s basic. Everyone saw it.

“I don’t know how we lost the game. We didn’t deal with the breakaway goals well at all. It’s not the be all and end all though.

“Sometimes you have to go through these moments to remember the good times, and we want to get back to that sooner rather than later.”

Keith Andrews, a recognised midfielder, played at the centre of the defence against Gillingham, with the back line given an even bigger shuffle with the absence of goalkeeper David Martin.

Ian McLoughlin, Martin’s under-study, failed to shine in letting in four, and Robinson said it showed how much Dons missed both his number one keeper and suspended Kyle McFadzean.

He said: “I thought we did OK. I thought it was obvious what the problem was. We know where we went wrong, but we know what we can do to improve it.

“After Bradford, I was a lot more down because I didn’t see any hunger, desire or creativity. But I saw lots of that today. Their keeper was probably the man of the match.

“But there were elements of our game that need to get better, and we’ll do that. Not having David Martin and Kyle McFadzean has hurt us, but Keith did well in there. We looked better defensively than we did at Bradford.

“Ian let in four. He’ll tell you that himself. I think it shows how important David Martin is to us.”