KARL Robinson believes his side need to learn lessons from games like Saturdays 1-1 draw with Bury or risk the season passing them by.
Robinson was frustrated with referee Fred Graham’s inconsistencies, which were plain for all to see, but admitted he could not blame the man in the middle for his side’s lacklustre performance at stadium:mk.
Dean Bowditch opened the scoring after 14 minutes, but Steven Schumacher’s spectacular volley ensured Bury would travel home with a share of the points.
“It was frustrating, and I think we lacked a spark,” said Robinson. “It was dull. When we play at stadium:mk, we seem to be waiting for something to happen. It’s weird, because usually it is a fortress and we need to get back to that.
“But the pitch wasn’t great, and the referee was abysmal. But I cannot blame him for our poor performance and we know we weren’t at the races.
“I think the best word for it is ‘scrappy.’ We lacked intensity, quality at key times and we almost played into their hands.
“It’s hard to break teams down when they sit so deep, so when the chances come along, you have to take them so when you play a team like Bury who are going to put the ball into the box regularly, eventually one is going to fall for them. We can’t defend like that. He had the freedom of the penalty box to turn and shoot – it’s not acceptable.
“We will learn from it, but I can’t keep saying that because eventually, it has got to sink in. I keep saying we’re going to get better, and I know the players need to bed in, but I can’t keep saying it because eventually the season will pass us by.
“The league will constantly throw up silly results, but at least we’ve not been beaten, but it’s definitely two points lost. If we have promotion aspirations, we have to win these games.”
Izale McLeod’s return to stadium:mk didn’t end how he would have wanted. He had a handful of chances in front of goal, but saw one come off the post, one blocked from close range and a complete air shot six yards out, none of which earned him a comeback goal.
Robinson said: “He had one or two chances. It’s hard because he’s completely different to what we’ve had before.
“He’s someone who can get in behind, though ironically, Bury sat so deep today that we couldn’t get him in. But he’s someone who will be a key attribute for us. There will be teething issues, but his energy levels were there and work ethic was fantastic.
“He should have scored and he knows that – how the one that hit the post didn’t drop to Dean Bowditch or go in is a miracle!”
But Robinson’s frustration at referee Graham left him dumbfounded. Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell both picked up bookings, while several, much harsher Bury tackles went unpunished.
Robinson added: “I can’t understand how Sodje can push McLeod to the floor, yet Bowditch fouls and gets booked. Powell gets booked, yet two of their players dive to waste time and he didn’t book them. The consistency wasn’t there today.”