Martin devastated after Dons were 'seconds away' from the fourth round

Dean LewingtonDean Lewington
Dean Lewington
Burnley 1-1 MK Dons (Burnley win 4-3 on penalties)

MK Dons boss Russell Martin was told by fourth official Geoff Eltringham the game was over when a free kick was awarded at the death as his side led Burnley at Turf Moor - only for Matej Vydra to score from the resultant play.

Martin was sent off for his appeals as the game went to extra time, frustrated for his side who he felt had some more than enough to knock out their Premier League opponents and head into the FA Cup fourth round.

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Dons had led the majority of the game after Cameron Jerome netted in the first half, before Vydra's 93rd minute equaliser sent the game to spot kicks, which the Clarets won 4-3.

"We were seconds away from beating a Premier League team and being in the next round, and now everyone is gutted," said Martin afterwards. "I wanted to have a chat and he didn't want to. I just wanted clarification because I was told it was game over. I shouldn't have done it, and I apologised to him afterwards.

"I didn't go storming over, and get personal with the referee. But my frustration was with the fourth official who told us the game would be over and he'd blow the whistle but he didn't, he played on, and they go and score. Look, it's our fault because we didn't defend it well enough, but it was frustrating because I felt for my players and they didn't deserve that.

"I'm really disappointed for the group to concede with the last kick. But I'm immensely proud.

"We've drawn the game with a Premier League team over 120 minutes. To lose on penalties is a cruel way to go out."