Baldock ‘was unconscious on the pitch’ says Robbo

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Karl Robinson went to visit George Baldock in hospital after the defender had to be stretchered off at the New York Stadium in Rotherham on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was knocked unconscious on the half hour mark, and had to be stabilised on the field before being taken to hospital.

On the field, Dons let slip a 2-0 lead after they were reduced to 10 men when Brendan Galloway picked up his second booking three minutes into the second half, prompting Rotherham to throw everything at the visitors, pulling one back with 11 minutes to go, and equalising deep into stoppage time.

But all thoughts in the immediate aftermath were with Baldock.

“It shook us all up,” said Robinson. “He lost consciousness on the pitch when we got to him. He was taken off with a neck brace.

“I want to thank the medical team here and the fans in the way they conducted themselves.

“I believe he was unstable behind the scenes too, but I’m going to go to the hospital now. He’ll be OK, but he’s a bit shaken up.”

Robinson though was delighted with his side’s performance against play-off bound Rotherham, defending with 10 men for almost the entire second half.

He said: “I thought we were excellent. We had a game plan, but they shook it up too, and changed their tactics. I can’t ask for any more from these players.

“We could have done better at the final goal, but I won’t nit-pick. I don’t know where the six minutes of stoppage time came from through.

“He said he gave two minutes for four bookings. It was a bit surreal, but credit to Rotherham as they carried on and got the goal and a point.

“But to put a show on with 10 men for nearly 50 per cent of the game, the players deserve a big pat on the back.

“I know I’ve spoken a lot about our injury record, but now we’ve lost George through unforeseen circumstances and Brendan Galloway too.”

Galloway’s sending off means Dons are without him and Baldock for the final game of the season, adding to the extensive injury list Robinson is already contending with.

The manager felt though that he could’ve won a free kick in the other direction.

He said: “I thought the challenge afterwards was definitely a booking, but his shirt was being tugged well before that and it should have been a free kick our way. But this is a learning curve, and the way he has reacted is all part of it.

“But I’m so proud of our club and the players today. We’ve shown we’re made of stern stuff.

“We’ve never been knocked so many times, but one day we’ll stand here victorious in a league campaign.”