Dons can’t keep big players, says Robinson

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Dons boss Karl Robinson admits the club struggle to keep hold of top players like Sam Baldock, after he scored twice in the 2-2 draw with Bristol City on Saturday.

Shaun Williams and Ben Reeves fired Dons into an unlikely 2-0 lead in the first half after City squandered several gilt-edged chances.

Former Don Sam Baldock, who missed two of those, came back in the second half though and added to the brace he scored earlier in the season at stadium:mk with another two goals to level things up and share the spoils between the clubs.

Robinson admitted on Thursday that he had made a tentative approach to Sam Baldock’s agent in a bid to bring him back to stadium:mk on loan, but said Dons are a club that struggles to keep hold of star players.

He said: “He’s a finisher. But we have to keep selling those players, we can’t keep hold of them.

“He’s scored four against us in two games. George (Baldock) is happy he won a tackle against him though! He said ‘get up brother!’ with a lot of love! That’s what football’s all about.

“George’s smile will be from ear to ear.”

Robinson believes Dons should have come away from Ashton Gate with all three points after the 2-2 draw, saying his side had the best chances during the course of the 90 minutes.

“After the first five minutes I’d have taken a point,” said Robinson afterwards. “But once we got over the first 15 minutes I felt we dominated long parts of the game.

“Bristol are a great side and they’re difficult to play against. When you’ve got strikers like they have, you know they’re going to score goals.

“I do feel we were comfortable for parts of that. Ironically, I felt we defended better in the second half than in the first. I don’t think David Martin made many saves in the second half.

“But we created a lot of chances. Powell had two, Reeves had one and the header from Lewington and two goals we scored. It was almost like a basketball game.

We had the best three chances in the second half. We are disappointed to be going away with a point.”

And with another quick turnaround on the cards, this time with a trip to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night, Robinson says he has to keep his side motivated while trying to bring in new faces.

He said: “We have a real skeleton squad, but it’s full of quality. We need to build on it in January.

“We march on together. We keep trying to build on the squad. I have to keep them motivated. This is what we’re paid to do and we have to keep doing it.”