Robbo points at ‘interesting decisions’ in derby defeat

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Karl Robinson believes referee Keith Hill made some ‘interesting’ decisions in the 2-0 defeat to Peterborough United on Saturday.

Britt Assombalonga’s quick-fire brace in the second half killed Dons off by the hour mark, but it was Mr Hill’s performance that stood out.

Booking nine players during the 90 minutes, Mr Hill awarded a dubious penalty when George Baldock clashed with Conor Washington, but waved away appeals from Giorgio Rasulo and Dele Alli - the latter getting booked for diving - which only added to the fuel which was burning inside Robinson on the touchline.

“We all know what was wrong today,” said Robinson afterwards. “If that was a penalty, and that’s fine, he has to keep those same standards all over pitch. That’s my professional opinion.

“It wasn’t a penalty. I’ve seen it frame by frame. It’s definitely not. If that is, the assault on Giorgio (Rasulo) was. It’s embarrassing.

“I’ve seen the Dele one back, and he’s caught his trailing leg. I was surprised to see yellow. What do you want him to do, get kicked?

“He wasn’t just for us, but both ways. We can’t just say it was all against us. We will watch it back and make a decision about what to do about it. There were some interesting decisions.”

Robinson couldn’t blame the referee for Dons’ lack of bite up front. Posh goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik, man of the match in the reverse fixture back in September, barely had a save to make during the match at stadium:mk, while David Martin at the other end won the gong for his efforts between the sticks.

He said: “We had 10 minutes when we were really bad in the second half and they were ruthless.

“They’re a good side. We understood how difficult it would be, but there were very few chances in the first half. It was a stalemate, with neither side wanting to lose.

“But they’ve got a £1.9 million striker scoring goals for them.

“We’ve been beaten, we have to accept that. A lot of people will be very disappointed leaving here. We weren’t blown away by them.

“We have to roll our sleeves up now.

“The first goal came at a strange time, and the second goal killed us. We were about to make a substitution, with Bowditch to come on.”

Although the result sees Dons fall six points behind Peterborough again, Robinson isn’t giving up on the play-off dream.

“There’s still just under a quarter of the season to go. There’s a lot to play for. We’re still not out of it. The boys have been magnificent to get us back into it. It’s a dent to our confidence, but we have to come back bigger and stronger.”

Rumours were flying around stadium:mk prior to kick off that Luke Chadwick was on his way out of the club.

Chadwick, 33, is known to be a Cambridge United fan, and Robinson admitted that conversations had been held between the pair about a potential move away from the club.

“We’ve had one or two conversations. He’s one of the most unique professionals I’ve ever worked with.

“He’s got a dream that he wants to achieve in his career.

“We’ve had chats, but we don’t know yet.

“While he’s a part of this club, he’s still a massive part of what we’re trying to do.”