Robbo curses Dons’ bad luck in front of goal after firing FA Cup blank

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TAKING nearly 40 shots without hitting the back of the net won’t happen to any other club this season, according to Dons boss Karl Robinson as he reflected on his side’s 0-0 draw with Cambridge City.

Dons fired in 37 attempts – 19 of which were on target – on Zac Barrett’s goal in their FA Cup first round draw on Friday night, but they didn’t manage to score and now face a frustrating replay at stadium:mk on Tuesday night.

Robinson said no other team will be able to dominate a game as much as Dons did without being able to hammer home their advantage.

“That will never happen again,” he said. “No other team will have that many shots and not get a goal. I don’t think we could have done any more.

“I watched a match recently which had seven shots on target, and it ended 3-3. When we have 19 on target and not one goes in, the ratio shows you just how unlucky we were.

“Normally, when you have 19 shots on target, you get a lucky one that goes in. We’re not even getting one! It was comical.”

Barrett, along with centre backs Dave Theobald and Lee Chaffey, threw everything they had in front of Dons as they bombarded the home goal. And for Robinson, their fantastic performances epitomised the spirit of the FA Cup, but he added that missing four key players in the attacking third of the pitch hardly helped their chances of booking a place in the second round at the first attempt.

He said: “The goalkeeper and the centre halves had the games of their lives. He (Barrett) must have raised his game 100 per cent! But that’s the FA Cup and the uniqueness of the best competition in the world.

“We had 37 shots and 19 on target. When you get that many, it’s an incredible stat. It’s a step in the right direction. When you consider there was no MacDonald, Powell, Bowditch, Balanta – that’s a big loss at the top end of the pitch.

“It’s important to still be in the competition. It was just an unbelievable game, and tremendous credit must go to Cambridge City. They put their bodies on the line and the effect their keeper had on the game was remarkable. It is what it is.”