Robbo urges fans to keep the faith after Stevenage defeat

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IT was another frustrating afternoon for Karl Robinson as Dons lost their unbeaten home record to Stevenage, who left with a 1-0 victory.

Lucas Akins’ first half wonder strike was enough to separate the two sides, but there were precious few clear cut chances for the home side to get back into it, despite dominating the possession stats.

“Disappointing is a good word,” said Robinson afterwards. “Frustrating. I felt we did enough to get more out of the game, but that’s life.

“Part of the disappointment is that we’re not taking our chances when they come along.

“It’s a wonder strike from the boy – he won’t score another like that all season. But when we hit wonder strikes, the keeper makes an unbelievable save. I felt their keeper was man of the match.

“We wasted good areas in the second half. I felt we were dominant throughout the game, and I don’t think they had a sustained five minutes of pressure. That’s the disappointing thing; we’ve dominated the game again and got nothing.

“People keep telling me the system isn’t right. We’re just not getting the luck in front of the goal. It’s just not dropping. Every single one of them is working so, so hard.

“It’s not a case of anybody throwing the towel in, because we have a duty of care to the fans. We’re still going in the right direction and we believe there is a lot more to come from all of us.”

Robinson made changes to his usual formation after an hour, introducing Charlie MacDonald and Ryan Lowe for the ineffective Alan Smith and Jay O’Shea, but nothing seemed to work as Dons continued to put pressure on Stevenage, but nothing looked like working.

And while the fans have criticised the apparent lack of a ‘plan B’ Robinson insists that it will come good, and that the players want nothing more than to see the club succeed.

He said: “The boys read everything that’s written about them, they take it on-board and they’re working so hard.

“They worked hard today, some of them made a lot of mistakes, and the fans got frustrated and booed, but we all get frustrated. They ran and tried to win it back. And now we’ve got to bounce back ready for the Crawley game on Tuesday.

“It’ll be very hard. But this club loves doing things the hard way!”