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Robbo is embarrassed by his players after Crawley defeat

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Not a single player emerged from the embarrassing 2-0 home defeat to Crawley with any credit, said Dons boss Karl Robinson.

The lackluster loss, Dons fifth in a row at stadium:mk, effectively killed off Dons’ already slim chances of making the top six as they slipped nine points behind Peterborough with four games remaining.

Dons registered just two shots on target during the 90 minutes, extending their goal-less streak at home to six games.

And Robinson wasn’t shy from criticising his players in the aftermath.

When asked whether anyone came out of the game with any credit, Robinson said: “No-one. It was embarrassing.

“We let the fans down, and ourselves down. The players have answered certain questions which I thought I already knew the answers to.

“Some of them have been knocking on my door asking why they haven’t played for large parts of the season. If they look at that game back, they’ll see why.

“We haven’t scored a goal since February at home. It’s embarrassing and poor. Really, really poor.

“It’s down to quality in the group and there was no quality in there today.

“It shows when a 33-year-old playing at centre back won man of the match. He did alright, he won his headers and his tackles and got man of the match at home to Crawley.

“I’m not angry. I feel clearer in my mind. I feel I can make better decisions now. I wouldn’t feel bad about dropping many players for next week, but I haven’t got any players! I played the best team I have.”

Prior to kick off, Dons lost Antony Kay to a thigh injury, forcing Brendan Galloway to cover at centre back. Dons’ injury list is long and well-known, but Robinson said the team who took to the field against Crawley could barely be called his first team.

He said: “That’s not my team, really. That’s the squad. But the players who I have out, it’s a lot. It’s a full team. What do you expect me to do? Mourinho would struggle here. Take nine or 10 players out of anyone’s starting line-up and they’d struggle.”

And with four games remaining, Robinson admitted the play-offs, which while remote remained a possibility, are now out of their reach.

He said: “Yes (the play-offs hopes are over). So now I can plan for next season. I’m meeting some players now for forthcoming seasons, who are young, enthusiastic and want to play for this football club.

“Some players who don’t, I can’t drop them because I’ve only got five on the bench.”

Ominously, when asked if it meant a squad clear-out in the summer, Robinson responded: “Yes, possibly.”

 

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