Robbo’s pleased to be in the fourth round draw

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Karl Robinson was delighted with his side after they fought from 2-0 and 3-2 down to rescue a replay against FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic.

The 3-3 draw means they are in the hat for the fourth round draw tomorrow (Sunday).

Roger Espinoza and Jordi Gomez put Wigan 2-0 after 29 minutes, before a late double from Ben Reeves pulled Dons level just before half time. Shaun Williams missed a penalty before Callum McManaman put the home side ahead again, but Patrick Bamford scored with six minutes remaining in his final match for the club, to force the tie back to stadium:mk.

“For a League 1 team to be in the fourth round for two years in a row, it shows grit and determination from the club,” said Robinson afterwards.

“After the replay, we’ll played 11 times in the FA Cup in the last two seasons - that’s a quarter of a season almost! We’d love to get a plum tie at home and get some money we can use in January.

“But we now look forward to playing them at home. First, we’ll have a break - we’ve had to many games recently and I can’t believe the energy the players have put in in their fifth game in a small period of time. We’re all extremely tired.”

Robinson felt his side made a shaky start to the game at the DW Stadium, and found themselves 2-0 down because they weren’t ready for the pace of Wigan’s attacks.

He said: “We looked like we couldn’t get to grips with the way they pressed us and I tried to change that.

“At half time, we took it to another level. The substitutes got us back in the game and allowed us to nick a goal late on.

“To get clapped off by the home fans shows how well we play.

“They showed everyone how much quality we possess.”

Robinson also singled out Antony Kay and Dele Alli for their performances after recently returning from injury.

He said: “I thought Antony Kay did really well to come back in against that calibre of strikers and still be running up to get in the box. He’s getting back to fitness.

“I thought Dele Alli was sensational at times, and Brendan Galloway at 17 getting on the pitch.

“And Patrick getting his customary goal. He always wants the plaudits! He deserves that send off. After the whistle, I gave him a hug and said to him ‘thank you.’ Our paths will cross again.”

Robinson though felt he might have jinxed Shaun Williams’ spot kick after telling his bench that Wigan had a reputation for saving penalties.

He said: “I remember Sam Allardyce telling me Ali Al Habsi was one of the best keepers he’s seen at saving penalties. He reacts really well, and is known for it.

“But Shaun hit it well, and not many keepers would have got to that.”