Dons denied two clear points in ‘fair’ draw

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His side were denied two stonewall penalties according to manager Karl Robinson, but felt a draw was far as Dons and Bristol City went toe-to-toe at stadium:mk, sharing a thrilling 0-0 draw.

Daniel Powell was felled in the first half, but defender Luke Ayling’s block on Samir Carruthers’ shot in the second period was one any goalkeeper would be proud of, though he escaped without punishment as referee Craig Pawson waved away the protests - and the yellow card in Carruthers’ face.

“The one on Powell is blatant,” Robinson said. “But the one in the second half - he’s saved it. He’s at full stretch. Frankie Fielding and David Martin would’ve been proud of that.

“The referee was very good after the game, admitting they got it wrong. They got that wrong, but they shouldn’t get those wrong.”

There wasn’t much to separate the sides in the league table at the start of play, and that was reflected on the pitch.

Both keepers were called into action to keep out the opposition, but their parts were cameos as the defences took precedence, and the front men struggled to make an impact.

“No-one today deserved to win, if I’m being honest,” concluded Robinson.

“In the first half, we were sensational but in the second half we let them back in, we sat too deep. But I believe we consolidated and made it difficult for them.

They were two really good teams. These two fans saw the players throw their bodies on the line. We get frustrated watching footballers coast, thinking they’re better than they are.

“When two teams like this go toe to toe, it was like gladiators. I told the players that if Bristol City want to win here, they’ll have to kill you to get through you. Bristol City are made of stern stuff.

“It’s a very good, and fair point.”