Robbo defends Stevenage comments after Westley attack

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson

Karl Robinson believes Stevenage manager Graham Westley got the wrong end of the stick after saying the Dons boss ‘let himself down’ over comments made when the two sides met last Tuesday.

Westley’s comments came after reading Robinson’s review of his MK Dons side’s performance in the 2-1 defeat to Stevenage in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round.

The Stevenage manager wrote: “Karl is a lucky guy; he gets a lot of praise for someone who has fallen short of his targets so far.

“Karl would do well to stop trying to take cheap shots and trying to belittle a fellow manager’s team. It’s poor form.”

But Robinson believes his comments, describing Dons’ performance as ‘a shambles’ and ‘a waste of 45 minutes of my life,’ weren’t a slant on the Stevenage performance, but that of his own side.

He said: “I haven’t read it properly, but I believe it’s very tarnishing and disrespectful.

“I was very respectful to Stevenage. I had a go at my team. I said my team was a shambles.

“I said we reverted to playing their style. That works for them. I’m not going to criticise their style, but we can’t play their way they play.

“Everything I said was about my team.

“I must’ve hit a nerve. I have no problems with Stevenage. It’s a wonderful football club, It’s run very well.”