Robbo disappointed but not downbeat about Dons’ Johnstone’s Paint exit

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KARL Robinson didn’t seem too despondent despite seeing his side spurn chance after chance as they went down 1-0 to Northampton at Sixfields to get knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

With a series of midweek games ahead, Dons will be keen to get a good rest without another Tuesday night competition to disrupt their League 1 ambitions.

Robinson smiled: “I respect the competition immensely. It’s disappointing not to go through to the next round… but the rest will come in handy!

“I felt within the first two minutes that it wasn’t going our way. Their goal came like a bolt out of the blue, but we just didn’t take our chances.

“Powell ballooned three over the bar, MacDonald missed one, Gleeson was in and could have had a chance. But I’m not knocking their attitude, but we just weren’t good enough in the final third.

“It was just chance after chance after chance. We deserved more than we got tonight, and the fans did too. There was no lack of effort from the players, we did things right, it just didn’t happen for us in the final third and we didn’t take our chances when they came along.

“I counted 10 guilt edged chances that on any other day we’d have taken. And it took a wonder-strike from them to win the tie. That’s just what it was. One shot, one goal.

“You have to give Northampton credit because they withstood all our pressure, but we should have done more than we did, and we’re disappointed in ourselves.

“But let’s not get too despondent, I hate losing, I don’t accept it. The good thing about this group is that they know that.

“We take it one game at a time, we cannot rectify what we’ve done here, but we will work on it going forward.”

Mason Spence, a 17-year-old right back looked every bit a first team regular as he made his debut on the night, and Robinson was impressed with the teenager’s performance.

He said: “I thought he was excellent and it was an accomplished performance. He has trained really well with us and I thought I’d give him a chance today.

“Some players needed a rest, Dean Lewington is back now and Gary MacKenzie got called up for international duty which is a tremendous credit to him.”