DONS boss Karl Robinson admitted his side were a bit fortunate to leave Shrewsbury with a point on Tuesday night as they had an uncharacteristically bad night at the office.
Dean Bowditch’s spectacular injury time volley earned Dons a 2-2 draw at the Greenhous Meadow, stretching their unbeaten run to five League 1 matches and seeing them climb to third place in the table.
Angelo Balanta had given the visitors a first half lead, but goals from Luke Rodgers and former Dons wide man Mark Wright saw Shrewsbury take control of the game.
But Dons showed tremendous fighting spirit to salvage a point, especially being down to 10 men because Daniel Powell went off with a knock after Robinson had already made all three changes.
“If I’m being totally honest, I thought they deserved three points. We got absolutely steamrolled for 60 minutes and I didn’t think we deserved anything from the game,” said the Dons boss.
“But sometimes that’s what you need when you’re at the top of the table. You need to turn defeats into draws, especially when you go down to 10 men like we did.
“We didn’t deserve anything out of that but we got a point. It’s a point rather than nothing and we’ve climbed into third this evening with that result.”
Robinson added: “Shrewsbury haven’t surprised us today. We did our homework on them and I’ve watched seen them play four times this year, and I knew what they had to offer.
“Their front two deserve tremendous credit. I thought Rodgers and Morgan worked their socks off and to do that for 90 minutes, you have to take your hat off to them. I shook both of their hands at the end and told them that their performances deserved an applause and a handshake.
“They made it difficult for us tonight and Shrewsbury are very lucky to have the two of them. If you have people like that in your team, you’re not going to be far off.”
Despite only picking up a point, Dons climbed one place to third in League 1 after draws for Tranmere, Sheffield United and Stevenage, while Doncaster went fourth after winning at Carlisle.
“This league is remarkable,” said Robinson. “It’s so unpredictable. Shrewsbury played Crewe here the other day and beat them, yet they pick themselves up and earn a draw at Sheffield United.
“We’ve beaten Sheffield United and Tranmere, and then should have been lost to Shrewsbury here. It’s a league people should come out and watch and attendances should definitely be higher.”