Robbo says ‘it was horrible’ to be banned from the dugout

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Karl Robinson said he had a terrible time in the stands, serving a touchline ban during Dons’ 0-0 draw with Colchester on Wednesday.

Banned for an argument with referee Andy D’Urso after the 3-1 defeat at Brentford on Sunday, Robinson was restricted to the stands, but admitted he didn’t feel connected with the game.

“I sat in four different seats. I was sat on Level 4, and that was too far away, on Level 3 there were too many people around me, and I had to be conscious of what I was saying with kids around me!

“Then I came down and got as close as I could - I felt like I couldn’t get involved in the game. It was horrible.”

Despite dominating the game, Dons were unable to beat Colchester keeper Sam Walker, who made a string of top drawer saves to keep out the late onslaught.

And Robinson believes his side should have come away with all three points.

He said: “We deserved a lot more than what we got.

“Credit to Colchester - they came here with a game plan and they stuck to it, and they didn’t allow us any clear cut opportunities.

“We were far superior and dominant.

“We were poor at their place, but I just don’t know how the last one didn’t go in.

“I thought today, we played really well. We have to take the positives - it’s a clean sheet, we created chances, and their goalkeeper has made a save from Stephen Gleeson that’s as good as I’ve seen for a long, long time.

“There were large parts of our game today that were good, and some not so good. But they have a half header in the first five minutes, I couldn’t ask much more of the group.”

And with top-scorer Patrick Bamford set to leave the club after Saturday’s FA Cup third round clash with Wigan Athletic, Robinson said he is talking to Premier League sides about bringing in someone new.

He said: “I have to go and find another young player. I’ve got to make a number of phone calls, I’d like to secure Samir Carruthers for the rest of the season too.

“But I have to go and find something different, I’ve got a few things in mind, I’ve made contact with a few Premier League clubs.

“Hopefully we can find someone, maybe he’ll be better than Patrick.”