Robbo unhappy with ‘diabolical’ second half despite win

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Karl Robinson felt David Martin rescued the victory for Dons after a ‘diabolical’ second half display in his side’s 1-0 win over Crewe.

Patrick Bamford’s first half strike was enough to separate the sides at the full-time whistle, but Dons could have been even further clear by half-time had their finishing not let them down.

Though Robinson’s assessment of the second half may be a bit harsh on his young side, he felt their first half performance was enough to earn them the three points.

“I thought we were sensational in the first half,” he said. “But we could have been two or three more up and Crewe wouldn’t have had any arguments.

“I think our performance in the first half showed we were always going to win it.

“In the second half for a half-hour period we were awful - diabolical in fact. We were sloppy and lethargic, bot like us at all and we let them back into it. David Martin won us the game.

“But rather than killing the game off in the first 15 minutes, we let them back into it.

“If you don’t defend well, you need your keeper to save you, and he did that. We will get stronger.”

Dons sit ninth in League 1 with a win and a draw to their name, adding to Tuesday’s League Cup victory over Northampton.

And Robinson is pleased to have started the season in good form.

He said: “It has been a good week. Two wins and a draw, a local derby win and winning your first game at home, you can’t ask for much more.

“We have a number of Premier League quality players, but we have a long way to go. I liked the fans singing ‘Leave Our Kids Alone’ - it was tongue in cheek and I enjoyed it!”