KARL Robinson is determined to keep his feet on the ground, despite Dons being victorious in their biggest game of the season on Monday night, making it six wins in seven.
The 1-0 win over rivals Peterborough United saw Dons move up to fifth place in League One and within three points of Huddersfield in the second automatic promotion place. But the manager said he was just pleased to have witnessed a great game of football in front of more than 10,000 fans at stadium:mk.
“I thought it was excellent. The cameras have seen how good this league is, and how tough it is to win back-to-back games,” said Robinson.
“Peterborough are good - very good. You’re unlikely to see two teams in this league with that philosophy of football, but we’re thankful to have come out on top.”
Gary MacKenzie’s winning goal came after a breathless 69 minutes, but the final 20 seemed to take an age to tick down as Robinson’s side held on, despite pressure from Posh in the closing stages. But Dons held firm and stopped Craig Mackail-Smith and company from scoring for the first time in 26 games.
“The clock went so quickly up until we scored,” said Robinson. “Then someone stopped it! It went so slowly after the goal, but the football we played in the first 20 minutes was exceptional.
“They had a few chances which we gave them through silly errors. But in the second half we came out with a game plan with Rowan Vine doing exactly what we asked him to do. And we knew we had Keanu (Marsh-Brown) ready to come on as well.”
Substitute Jabo Ibehre had a fantastic chance to kill the game off on in the last minute but, when one-on-one with Posh stopper Joe Lewis, he side footed his shot straight at the keeper when he really should have scored.
Robinson said: “I’m disappointed with Jabo’s chance because he could have made the last two minutes enjoyable for us, but he didn’t take it.
“We created the two best chances of the game in the second half. But you have to give credit to Darren Ferguson and his team. They are an excellent outfit and a tough team to play against.
“We had our luck in key parts of the game, but we have to put that to bed because we have a big game against Walsall on Friday.”
Posh boss Ferguson was left ruing a series of missed chances as his side left stadium:mk with nothing to show for what was a good all-round performance.
He said: “Normally I rave about how ruthless we are, but for once we were lacking in that department.
“We were well on top in the first half and had some glorious chances, but we just couldn’t stick one away. Their goalkeeper has also made some great saves, but at half-time I felt we would go on and win it.
“Unfortunately when you don’t take your chances there is always a chance that a mistake will cost you at the other end and Lewis, unusually for him, has made that mistake.
“Obviously I’m disappointed with the result, but the performance was fine. In fact the whole match was a fine advert for League One.
“I always come away from matches with MK Dons, regardless of the result, thinking it was a good football match and that was the case again.”