Robbo says Dons are missing the ‘X-Factor’

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KARL Robinson lamented the lack of depth on his bench after Tuesday’s 3-1 League One defeat to Plymouth Argyle.

While three unstoppable Argyle goals saw Dons’ chances of victory diminish at stadium:mk, Robinson admitted his substitutes’ bench was lacking the ‘X-Factor’ that it had earlier in the season.

He said: “It’s disappointing to lose, and it’s the way you lose, but at least the players worked hard.

“We didn’t have the same quality we’ve enjoyed in the last few weeks. We worked hard, but Plymouth made it difficult for us.

“We haven’t needed it in the last few games, but when we have been level at stadium:mk, we have been able to bring on Jabo Ibehre, Sam Baldock, or Angelo Balanta - that gave us an X-Factor.

“We didn’t have that quality on the bench tonight and you have to have that extra bit of quality when you’re level in games.”

The match saw few real chances created by either side, but it did include a candidate for goal of the season from Argyle’s Kari Arneson.

“You probably won’t see three better goals in one game,” said Robinson. “The first one was an unbelievable strike, the second was probably goal of the season in all four leagues, and the third was a very well worked goal where the guy facing away from goal turns and puts it in the top corner.

“You have to give them credit - they were fantastic finishes, but I’m disappointed we didn’t create enough chances of our own to get back into the game.”

Dons now face four away trips in a row, starting with a trip to relegation battlers Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

Dons’ away form has been a notorious problem this season, but a point at Exeter two weeks ago - according to Robinson - was a turning point in his side’s season, and he believes they can now push on and become a real force to be reckoned with on the road, as well as at home.

Victory against Plymouth would have been Dons’ 10th home league win this term, while a defeat at Dagenham would be their 10th loss on their travels.

“We know we have got to go there and get a result,” said Robinson. “People have seen that we’re a very good football team and if we can take that on the road, we will get the results that we’re all looking for.”