Robbo ‘not really bothered’ by late Cup exit

Robbo reaction
Robbo reaction

Karl Robinson admitted that he won’t be losing any sleep over the late fight back from Sunderland which saw MK Dons knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Despite leading 2-0 with 15 minutes to go, Sunderland fought back to win 4-2 as Dons looked tired in the closing stages.

But with the huge battle against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday, Robinson admitted going out of the competition wasn’t his greatest concern.

“I’m not really that bothered,” he said. “We set out here to put on a performance and entertain. This industry is ruthless because people can produce moments of brilliance surpass your expectations.

“What was it? 78, 86, 89, 94? That’s the Premier League. That’s what we all want to be. Some of my younger players, and the older ones too, showed our unique style. Our ball retention was brilliant.

“Not just that, we played with an energy and consistency that created chances. It gives me confidence.

“You can’t leave spaces at this level because the players will open you up. To be so expansive and free, and yet still defend so well was pleasing for me.

“I made the substitutions with Saturday in mind. The result tonight was going to be a bonus.”

Robinson also singled out Izale McLeod’s performance. The striker scored his first goal of the season, only his second since joining the club in January, in his first start this campaign.

And Robinson admitted McLeod has given him a selection headache ahead of Saturday’s game.

He said: “His attitude in training has been remarkable, his quality is there for me to see, he’s knocked on my door and challenged me. His all-round play was excellent. He got his luck in the way he got in, but he showed his class as a good finisher. He’s made me think.”