Dons still in good shape despite missing out on top spot

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Karl Robinson wasn’t too despondent after his side missed out on the chance of taking top spot in League 1.

The 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe at Glanford Park meant Dons stay third, after Kyle McFadzean cancelled out Tom Hopper’s second half opener.

But coming from behind to take a point, Dons remain comfortable in third spot, with just one league defeat in 17 outings.

“We were great out of possession, and we won the ball back more than we have done for a long time. But in the final third, we became too lackadaisical and chose the wrong option. We didn’t have that clinical edge. As much as we can criticise Dave for the mistake, everyone at the top end made mistakes.

“All in all, I’m happy with how we performed, and I’m not too despondent. We’re two points from top now, it’s another point away from fourth place. We’ve used our games wisely, but we’ve made things comfortable with a lot of football to play.”

Dons dominated for long periods, in terms of territory and possession, but simply couldn’t find the killer edge, though Dele Alli headed against the post in a difficult first half.

Fingers will be pointed at David Martin for his role in Scunthorpe’s goal, giving the ball away on the edge of the box as he tried to start a quick counter attack.

Robinson though refused to blame the keeper.

“I felt we deserved more than we got. Territorially, we dominated. It was an error from David Martin, but I’ll forgive him because he’s been magnificent this season.

“For 10 minutes after that, we lost our way and they could have scored a second.

“For large parts, we were very comfortable. This is a difficult place to come, but we looked comfortable. The players response to going a goal down was magnificent. We were dominant and it got to the stage where I didn’t feel any pressure at all. This is a strong performance, and I think we can take heart from this.”

And with speculation continuing to swirl around his head, Robinson heaped praise on Dele Alli as he almost single-handedly dragged Dons up and down the field.

“He is as good as it gets and he’s the real deal,” he said. “He’s the difference at the moment. We’ve got a good team with one or two top quality players. We’re looking good. We’ve assembled a group which is very strong. We want to get this club over the line.”