Robbo relieved after Rotherham win


Karl Robinson has run out of words to describe Patrick Bamford after his 86th minute winner against Rotherham rescued all three points for MK Dons.

His strike four minutes from time made it 3-2 after the home side squandered a 2-0 lead, after Lee Frecklington and a Tom Flanagan own goal cancelled out Shaun Williams’ and Ben Reeves’ goals.

But scoring his 12th goal of the season, Bamford earned Dons’ the win.

Robinson said: “We were always going to score with quality, we generally score with good moves. Sometimes they end up in the seats, but this time it was in the top corner.

“I’m lucky to be working with him. Chelsea are really interested in how he’s doing. His path at Chelsea is nothing to do with us, all we can do is make him a better footballer while he’s here.

“It was an important win. We deserved three points. That’s not a bad Rotherham team. A wonder goal got us out of a bit of a mire, but it was testament to the players.

“I felt we were very good. We let in two suicidal goals, from our point of view. We can’t concede silly goals like that.

“But at 2-0 we were confident, but we got complacent and that cost us. Luckily for us, we fought back to win the game. Last year, we’d have drawn it.

“You saw the way we celebrated - that’s a team who are working together.

“There were mistakes in the performance, and it’s important we learn our lessons because they could have cost us.”

Robinson also singled out Jason Banton and Ben Reeves for their performances. The pair have spent much of the season on the bench, but made a case for themselves for a starting role on Tuesday night against Carlisle.

Robinson said Reeves should have made it comfortable and put the game out of reach with his chance at 3-0.

He said “I thought Reeves and Banton were brilliant. Reeves has trained really well and is so talented. He should have scored and made it 3-0 and let our hearts last another year!

“Jason now knows what it takes to play for this football club now. You can have all the ability in the world, but you’ve got to care.

“He worked his socks off. He’s worked hard in training and has improved as a footballer. I felt his performance deserved a goal.”