Late siege reminds Robbo of Brentford trips gone by

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KARL Robinson was left lamenting his luck at Griffin Park as yet another late siege from Brentford ensured they took all three points on Saturday.

Ryan Lowe put the visitors ahead after 14 minutes, but Clayton Donaldson poked home an equaliser just before the break. Stephen Gleeson edged Dons back ahead in the second half before Harry Forrester equalised for the Bees, and Donaldson tapped home his second in the last minute to win it for Brentford 3-2.

Last season, Dons squandered a three goal advantage, with Brentford equalising in the final minute for a 3-3 on New Year’s Eve 2011, and Robinson felt he was getting de ja vu this year.

“This is a tough place to come and play,” he said. “It was a really even game I thought, they played really well, and I thought we had our backs against the wall.

“We were three up here last year and we know they can score goals and they have players who can hurt you.

“I was disappointed to lose it in the last minute, but I just couldn’t get Jon Otsemobor off the pitch! He shouldn’t have been on there, but we’d made the substitutions. I’m proud of the players tonight though.

“You cannot question our effort, but we weren’t at our fluid best. We more than held our own, but we keep conceding late goals here.

“We can’t be too disheartened, it’s one defeat in 10, we’re still in the FA Cup, three or four points behind and we’re still in it.

“It’s not always going to be pretty and we aren’t always going to win games convincingly, but that’s the ups and downs of a season.”

Exciting prospect Zeli Ismail made his first start for Dons since joining on loan from Wolves last month, but his debut lasted just 25 minutes as he was replaced by Daniel Powell. Having already been booked, Robinson said that the decision to replace the teenager was to ensure his side kept all 11 men on the pitch.

He said: “Zeli’s booking came really early on, and the referee was going to book him again for another foul, but said to his fourth official he was on his last chance. I had no choice, but I had Daniel Powell fit again to come in. We were a little bit shy on numbers today, without Dean Bowditch and Patrick Bamford too.

“I felt we were good enough for a draw here today, but that’s football.”