Dons need to take their chances says Robbo after Posh defeat

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Karl Robinson had few complaints after the 2-1 derby defeat to Peterborough on Saturday.

Despite losing Nathaniel Knight-Percival after just six minutes, Posh raced into a two goal lead before half time. Izale McLeod pulled one back for Dons as they batted down the door to the Peterborough goal, only to find an inspired Bobby Olejnik between the sticks keeping everything out.

Mark Little was also given his marching orders late in the game, but ultimately Dons simply couldn’t get a late equaliser.

“Our food will take a bit more sour tonight, it’ll hurt for 24 hours but we’ll come back in on Monday and start again,” said Robinson afterwards. “That’s all you can do.

“But we had 36 shots. We created so many chances. Last week, luckily, we scored a third and put the game to bed.

“Today, we had chances and didn’t take them. But it wasn’t just the strikers - Jon Otsemobor had two sitters in the first 25 minutes.

“They’re as good as it gets at this level. But when Chadwick misses a sitter, and Patrick misses from two or three yards out, and then they score from that break, you can’t legislate for that.

“Their keeper has had the game of his life. We are talking about how well they defended and how well he played, we must have been making him do that.

“But we hit the post and hit the bar. Lady luck wasn’t on our side today.

“Defeats are part of the industry, and we’re going to move on and get stronger.”

Despite benefitting from a team having been twice reduced, Robinson questioned some of referee Darren Drysdale’s decision making at London Road, and believes two key decisions went against his side.

“The referee got a lot wrong on that first half. Swanson has handballed it on his way down for the penalty, he missed Patrick’s blatant penalty.

“It’s unfair to comment on (the red cards). The referee saw the hand come across Patrick’s face, and to be honest I couldn’t see the second one. But we’ve had decisions like that go against us too, and had men sent off for less than that.

“We got the luck with the sending off, but they got the luck with the handball in the build-up to the penalty to take it passed Shaun Williams.

“And then Patrick got tackled from behind, but was told he went down too easy: he’s a striker! He’s six yards out with a tap in - he’s not going to dive is he?!”

Dons slip to eighth in League 1 with the defeat.