Thought of a draw ‘mortified’ Robbo

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It could have been anything against Notts County, but Karl Robinson was pleased to come away with a 3-1 victory at stadium:mk.

First half goals from Luke Chadwick and Shaun Williams put Dons firmly in control, but a second half strike against the run of play from Callum McGregor gave County a glimpse of a point. Patrick Bamford and Izale McLeod both missed easy chances to put the game to bed, but Bamford in the end got his customary goal to wrap up all three points.

There were a few nervy moments at 2-1 though, but Robinson feels his side were worthy winners.

“If I was sitting here talking about a 2-2, I’d be absolutely mortified but we aren’t,” he said afterwards.

“I don’t think anyone would have had any qualms if we’d have won that five or six nil. I thought the first 45 minutes were sensational. It’s always hard to hit the dizzy heights in the second half, but we created a lot of chances.

“We had better chances in the second half than we did in the first half.”

The performance of his front four was nothing short of superb throughout the game, despite the ample missed chances in both halves which could have put Dons high and dry much earlier.

But McLeod’s chances in particular will be the talking point from many of the fans in attendance. Robinson backed his striker though, saying he has full faith in him.

He said: “When you’re 2-0 up, you need an injection of something and I think Izale gave us that.

“Izale is frustrated, I’m frustrated, the fans are frustrated, but that’s the nature of the industry. He plays up front, it happens. He was joking after the game, he knows he should have scored, but he only had one chance at Sunderland and took it. He had a few here, but set up the third.

“His attitude since he has come back here has been phenomenal.

“Patrick went and got his token goal! But the substitutions made a difference, and I know people will be frustrated with Izale but he created those chances himself.”

Robinson also praised the core of his team in maintaining Dons’ unbeaten record.

He said: “Antony Kay, Shaun Williams, Darren Potter and Stephen Gleeson were immense today. Kay had a five minute period when he won every header and every tackle. He’s a bit of an unsung hero for us at the moment.

“This is a wonderful start, and we’re happy with where we are.”