Robbo flattered by Birmingham City link

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Karl Robinson admitted he was flattered to be linked with the Birmingham City job, but said he has no intentions of leaving stadium:mk.

Rumours were rife about two hours before the League 1 clash with Fleetwood as Birmingham made an approach to speak to the 33-year-old, but they were quickly squashed by Dons, saying ‘Karl is going nowhere.’

And Robinson said he was very flattered to be linked to a Championship job again, but said he was very settled in Milton Keynes.

He said: “It came as a shock, but I don’t know how it came out, and it’s not something I wanted. It has happened, the chairman said no and we move on. We didn’t want it in the public domain.

“People talk about it all the time - Karl’s being link to this job, Karl’s being linked to that job. It’s nothing to do with me. But people come to me and the chairman and ask the question.

“I’m flattered just to be linked to a massive club in one of the biggest cities in the UK. It’s a massive fan base. But I’m just as flattered by the chairman’s response - it shows how much he wants me at his club. That, to me, gives me satisfaction, to know I’m wanted.

“I’m really enjoying my time here.”

The disruption prior to kick off didn’t make much of a difference to proceedings on the pitch though, as Dons came from behind to beat Fleetwood 2-1. David Ball opened the scoring in the second half before Kyle McFadzean equalised. Benik Afobe scored a late penalty to keep Dons in fourth spot in League 1.

“I thought we were excellent,” said Robinson. “I’m so proud of them. These are special nights and nights that define who we are. We’ve not been able to do that at home in recent years. I haven’t got too excited this year, but I’m really pleased with that.

“We were dominant.

“I don’t know where their goal came from. I think it was their second shot on target.”

It was two substitutions that made the real difference for the home side. Samir Carruthers replaced Dean Bowditch just before half time, and was the stand-out performer in the second half on the left flank. And it was he who won the penalty for fellow sub Afobe to roll in the winner six minutes from time.

Robinson praised Carruthers, who was on loan with Dons last season before signing full time in the summer, and believes he’s getting back to the form he showed last term.

“Samir made a massive difference when he came on,” Robinson added. “He needs to get a run of games. He had the same problem last year, and had a dip in form at the same time last year but he then went from strength to strength.”