“We were embarrassed” says Dons boss Robbo

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Milton Keynes Dons at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, England on 23 January 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PNL-160123-160940006

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bolton Wanderers and Milton Keynes Dons at the Macron Stadium, Bolton, England on 23 January 2016. Photo by Simon Davies. PNL-160123-160940006

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Karl Robinson said he was embarrassed by his side’s performance in the 3-1 beating at bottom club Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Trailing after just six minutes to a Rob Holding strike, Dons hit the bar in one of the scant few chances they created before going in 2-0 at the break when Darren Pratley doubled Wanderers’ advantage.

Dons’ second half performance left plenty to be desired, giving Bolton keeper Ben Amos precious little to keep him occupied, though Josh Murphy threatened to cause an upset with a late strike two minutes from time.

But veteran striker Shola Ameobi quashed any fears of a comeback by scoring in stoppage time to compound the misery for Dons, prompting the manager to describe it as the worst performance of the season.

“We were embarrassed,” said Robinson. “It’s hard and a lonely place. It’s not a nice place to stand, when you’re getting beaten the way you are.

“We weren’t good enough. We looked lethargic, we were second to every ball, we were bullied in every area of the pitch. The only person to come out of that with any credit was Jake Forster-Caskey. We were really, really poor.

“We didn’t carry out the game plan we asked them to. We were poor. I think it’s worse than the Brentford game because of where Bolton are in the league.

“In both penalty areas, we looked well off it. We know we weren’t good enough. Things have been said internally, we were very harsh but fair. It’s about reflecting and coming back stronger now.

“The players need to look at themselves.”

Bolton, ravaged with financial troubles are sill five points from Championship safety, but Robinson insists they have more quality to call on, but their result was aided by his side’s inability to create.

He said: “Bolton have a better squad than us, with players who have achieved a lot of good things. When they’re at it, they fancy it and get the first goal, it’s a difficult place to play. We allowed them to do that. We started sluggish and one or two things we tried didn’t work.

“We brought everyone we had today.

“We’re playing in the Championship and we’re a team in the bottom fifth. We’re going to have more days like this than ever before. You have to accept this is where we are.

“Nearly every result has gone for us today. Every other manager will be the same. We’re in a relegation fight.

“Today, we were beaten by the better team and we played a large part in that.”