If you’d have offered Karl Robinson seven points out of nine, he’d have taken it.
The Dons boss was fairly positive about his side’s 0-0 draw with Preston North End on Tuesday night, showing his team can play the uglier side of football too.
But after winning games against Walsall and Oldham preceding the Preston match, Robinson said he was happy to take seven points and get the season back on track.
“That’s a very good Preston side and I’m pleased with a point. If you’d say seven points out of nine away at Walsall, against an Oldham side who are flying again and Preston, we’d have taken it. I’ll take seven from the next nine too and that’ll do me very nicely.”
Daniel Powell had arguably the two best chances of the game, missed in either half, while Preston’s Keith Keane hit the post for the visitors in a bitty, physical battle.
Stephen Gleeson and Dele Alli anchored the midfield, and broke up a lot of play for the home side, though their manager felt they still missed the lynch pin Darren Potter.
He said; “I felt we still missed Potter, but Stephen (Gleeson) and Dele (Alli) were a tremendous shield for the back four, and it’s important that they did that because we played lop-sided and they needed to sit back a bit more.
“Not that Dele ever listens to me, but he did for that!
“I thought we were on the front foot more in the second half than in the first.
“It was difficult tactically, the pitch was diabolical, and that made their game plan easier.
“But we are at bare bones, a pitch that goes against our style, but the players were magnificent. I rarely come out this positive for a draw.”