Robbo satisfied with improved performance at Orient

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Karl Robinson grudgingly accepted that a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient was probably a fair reflection of the game at the Matchroom Stadium.

Dons hit the crossbar through Benik Afobe, and Mark Randall tested keeper Gary Wood as they edged the first half chances, ahead of a gritty second period, void of anything really clear-cut.

The home side were reduced to 10 men in the final minutes when Mathieu Baudry picked up his second booking, but it didn’t have much of an impact as Orient held out for a point.

But asked whether he felt a share of the spoils was fair, Robinson said: “In the grand scheme of things, probably. But did they have a chance?

“The only one they can really claim came when the ball slipped under Antony Kay’s feet in the first half. Other than that, we looked very strong defensively.

“We were very strong and resolute. We looked like the team that would go on and do something.

“But when you’re struggling to create chances, you’ve got to make sure you don’t go on and lose the game.

“We didn’t play great in possession. We had a lot of territory, and I can’t ask for more.

“Their back four defended on the edge of their box for most of the second half and it was hard to get in behind.”

Mark Randall slotted in to the centre of the park to replace the ill Darren Potter, but had to be withdrawn after a string of fouls left him on his final warning.

Robinson said: “He got rightly booked, but everyone gets booked. The pitch was really quick, and he tried to win one a minute later, and he got his final warning. It wasn’t a temperament thing, but you can’t be half hearted here.

“Carl Baker came on and did wonderfully well. He was calm and kept the ball.”

It is now back-to-back clean sheets on the road for Dons, having won 2-0 at Huish Park two weeks ago. Previous visits to Yeovil and Leyton Orient have been defeats for Robinson’s side, so he said he was very pleased to have improved on prior visits, and hopes it bodes well for the rest of the season.

“To keep two clean sheets at Leyton Orient and Yeovil is a difficult task so I’m very pleased,” he said.

“The last time we came here and went to Yeovil, we lost. When you build what we’re trying to, it’s very positive.”