Robbo frustrated not to beat Doncaster

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KARL Robinson couldn’t quite believe how his Dons side didn’t come away from the Keepmoat Stadium with all three points, instead drawing 0-0 with Doncaster Rovers.

Dons had the better of the possession and chances in the game on Tuesday night, but simply couldn’t get a clear sight of goal and make their advantage count.

Izale McLeod had the best chance of the game, breaking through one-on-one with Rovers keeper Gary Wood, but the stopper made a fine block to keep things level.

But a point against a team Dons consider rivals for promotion at the moment is a step towards a return to form following three defeats on the bounce for Robinson’s side.

“How have we not won that? Did they even have a shot on target?!” Robinson said after the game.

“We weren’t that bad at Yeovil, and we weren’t that bad until Ryan Lowe’s sending off against Bournemouth. We were appalling against Oldham and it wasn’t acceptable.

“I’m frustrated because I think we should have won the game.

“We knew we were wrong on Saturday, and we had to dig deeper. I went out for a meal for Valentine’s Day with my wife and it was probably the worst meal I’ve ever had – nothing tasted right. It really hurt me and the players.

“But we’ve come to a team who are second in the league and we deserved all three points.”

McLeod played his first full 90 minutes since re-signing for Dons in January and was probably their top performer, causing the Rovers defensive line havoc at every opportunity.

Robinson said: “He was brilliant. People have said he’s lazy, he’s temperamental, he’s this and that – he once was! But today he gave the centre halves a torrid time!

“Yes he misses chances, but we know what we’re going to get with Izale. Sometimes we get an erratic strike, but you get the one that fly into the top corner too.

“All of the chances he had he created himself tonight. He ran the full length of the pitch, and the ball bobbled and he hit it over the top. I don’t mind that. Izale McLeod worked his socks off.”

Luke Chadwick too made his first start since December, and Robinson expects his side now to get better and better as more players return to fitness.

He added: “You can see the difference Luke Chadwick makes, and Daniel Powell isn’t fully fit, neither is Gary MacKenzie and Izale McLeod isn’t where we want him to be either.”