Robbo blasts ‘horrific’ refereeing decisions after Leeds loss

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson

Karl Robinson was left furious at referee David Webb after two decisions went against his side in the 2-1 defeat to Leeds on Saturday.

The Dons boss took no issue with the decision to award Leeds a first half penalty when Carl Baker brought down Charlie Taylor for Chris Wood to open the scoring, nor the way Taylor finished in spectacular fashion to double the lead shortly before half time.

But moments before the second, Dons surrounded referee Webb when the ball clearly struck Sol Bamba’s hand as he challenged in the penalty area, only for play to be waved on.

Robinson was also left seething at the decision to send off Samir Carruthers with the score at 2-1, after Simon Church pulled one back for the home side.

Speaking about the penalty which wasn’t given, Robinson felt he was lied to by David Webb in the aftermath.

“The referee told me his positioning wasn’t great, but he has a clear path to see it,” Robinson explained with a video of the incident. “We don’t mind people getting it wrong when they admit it, but he wasn’t blocked off. He told me he was blocked off.

“The sending off, for me, isn’t a sending off either. Luke Murphy made a scissor challenge from behind on Ben Reeves. It was his seventh challenge and didn’t get booked. There was a push on Dean Bowditch in the area. We’re stood here talking about the referee rather than how good my players were.

“If he referees next week, it’s poor by the PGMOL. Today he’s had a horrific game. He got the key decisions wrong.”

But while the refereeing decisions dominated his post-match post-mortem, Robinson was delighted at how his players performed, feeling they should have come away with not just a point but all three points.

He said: “We were outstanding. What a great game to be involved in. I think Leeds are a brilliant club. But taking nothing away from them, it’s black and white - we should have won the game.

“The penalty was a penalty, and the second goal was a wonderful strike. But we got into that same position 15, 16 times. From then on, Diego Poyet cleared one off the line in the dying stages, but that doesn’t really count given the circumstances.

“We’ve pushed Leeds more than anyone else this season. We’re disappointed and hurt. And now I’m without Samir Carruthers too.

“I cannot ask for anything else from my players. Not many of the 6,500 Leeds fans will be thinking MK Dons aren’t a good side. They’ll be thinking ‘maybe we got away with that one.’

“We should have beaten Birmingham, there were two wonder-goals against Middlesbrough and we were different class at Burnley and we were outstanding today. It will turn for us. As long as we create chances, it will come.”

Premier League Southampton await Dons on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup third round, but Robinson said he isn’t interested in outcome of the game, citing the scheduling as a key gripe.

“I don’t really care about the Southampton game to be honest,” he admitted. “It’s pretty poor of the Football League to expect us to play on Wednesday night and then on Saturday morning. What do they expect us to do?

“All our focus is on Derby County now.”