I still believe, says defiant Robbo

MK Dons vs Wolves (Jane Russell)
MK Dons vs Wolves (Jane Russell)

Dons manager Karl Robinson still believes his side can avoid relegation after slipping six points from safety after losing 2-1 for the third time in a row on Tuesday night.

Despite taking the lead against Wolves at stadium:mk, through a combination of Nicky Maynard and Kortney Hause after six minutes, the visitors came out for the second half firing and were level on 61 minutes when George Saville headed the equaliser.

Wolves score at stadium:mk

Wolves score at stadium:mk

Wolves caught Dons on the break five minutes later with Jack Price tapping in what turned out to be the winner, adding more misery to the ever-growing threat of relegation hanging over the club.

“I still believe we can stay up,” he said. “I have tremendous belief. If the players don’t want to believe, they’re not the people I thought they were.

“There’s a nervousness around the place and you can feel it.

“This is new territory. It has been nine years since this club has been in a position like this. But I’m not going to shrink under pressure.

“I have to push my shoulders back, take the criticism, and I’ll come out and talk to you about it. I ask for a response now.

“We weren’t good enough. That was a distinctly average 60 minutes of football. After half an hour, We stopped pressing, our mindset was poor, we looked nervous. We have no one to blame but ourselves. I’ll come out and blame referees when they are rubbish or if we miss a chance when we’ve dominated, and I have done. But I have nothing tonight, we have to accept the punishment when it comes our way.

“We looked anxious, shelling balls forwards, it looked very basic. We didn’t rotate, and we just looked so nervous. It played on our energy levels and we looked lethargic.

“The mindset of the players at half time was all there. But for some unknown reason, we stopped playing and passing.

“When we kick it long, we lost it and it penned us in more. Some people aren’t learning lessons at this level.

“We ask them to do certain things and there’s only so long I can do that. We’re asking people to do jobs on the edge of the box, but it’s not happening. We got caught twice through breakaways on Saturday and now the second goal tonight was the same.

“But we had three chances to score at our end, then they broke to score. They’re key moments and we’re not taking them when they come along.

“I have to take responsibility. People can point fingers at me, but it doesn’t bother me. I have to take responsibility for defeats. Today, we can’t come away with any positives. We didn’t deserve anything.”