Dons could be without a keeper for Sheffield Wednesday trip

Karl Robinson could be without a goalkeeper on Tuesday night after Cody Cropper was sent off in the 1-1 draw with Preston North End.

Saturday, 16th April 2016, 6:11 pm
Updated Saturday, 16th April 2016, 6:14 pm
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With number one choice David Martin out with a broken hand, Cropper has been between the stick of late but will now serve a suspension for bringing down Eoin Doyle with eight minutes to go at Deepdale.

And with young keeper Charlie Burns suffering a back spasm prior to kick off in Preston, Robinson could be left without a man to stand between the posts when they play Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.

“Charlie Burns had back spasms in the warm-up. I’ve got to hope he’s fit for Tuesday!” said Robinson afterwards.

“We will appeal the sending off - what have we got to lose? I haven’t seen the incident back so I can’t really comment on it.”

Dons looked good value for more than a point in the draw against Preston. Jermaine Beckford opened the scoring after seven minutes after he was slid in on goal, capitalising on Cropper’s slip at a vital time to chip the American.

While Preston failed to capitalise on their first half dominance, Dons edged their way back into the game through Nicky Maynard, as he rattled home Josh Murphy’s cross nine minutes after the restart.

But the headlines belonged to Alex Revell, who after missing a chance at one end, replaced Cropper in goal at the end to keep out Joe Garner’s penalty.

It was an afternoon of mixed emotions for Robinson though.

“I don’t know how I’m feeling. Sad, upset, frustrated, proud, excited. I think we deserved to win. In the first 15 minutes, we should have had a goal. We had chance after chance, cross after cross, corner after corner.

“It was an error for their goal, Cody slipped over. But then they could have scored two or three in their 20 minute spell where we looked all over the place.

“In the second half, we were outstanding. Nicky Maynard got his goal, which is a positive.

“Jake Forster-Caskey broke down at half time. He has played through an injury and couldn’t give me any more. Jonny Williams has blood coming out his nose. These are young loan players, and it shows how much they care.

“It was an unbelievable save from Alex. And then in the 92nd minute, Josh Murphy’s miss. He was outstanding today.”

Dons remain nine points from safety with four games to go, and Robinson is determined to keep fighting until the end.

He added: “If we can turn this around, it will be phenomenal. We need to believe now, and put some pride back into the shirt.”