Robbo sickened by referees... again

Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Milton Keynes Dons at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove, England on 7 November 2015. PNL-150711-163434002
Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Milton Keynes Dons at the American Express Community Stadium, Brighton and Hove, England on 7 November 2015. PNL-150711-163434002

Karl Robinson is ‘sick to death’ after his side weren’t awarded a penalty in the 2-1 defeat at Brighton on Saturday.

Dons trailed 2-0 after a lethargic opening 20 minutes saw Solly March and Jamie Murphy score for the Seagulls. Nicky Maynard pulled one back after 23 minutes, but the main talking point came 10 minutes into the second half.

Breaking down the right, Samir Carruthers was upended by Lewis Dunk in what appeared to all a clear-cut penalty, only for referee Dean Whitestone to award a corner.

Robinson, incensed on the touchline, was still seething when speaking after the game, furious he was once again left to ponder refereeing decisions in a narrow defeat.

“I cannot see what he has given,” he said. “The assistant is stood so close to the incident.

“I’ll get done for it. I’m sick to death of managers getting done for what we say afterwards. We’re constantly reminded of things going against our sides, but nothing happens.

“I can’t come out here and say nothing. That decision was terrible. The assistant’s decision was terrible. My team selection may have been terrible, my team’s passing may have been terrible. But his decision was terrible and he has to accept that. For two people to be that wrong, how can they? We can’t do any more.

“That was as blatant as you’re going to get. And two people got it wrong. I’m not questioning his integrity, but his horrendous decision.

“Once they see it, they’ll go ‘uh oh’ and the PGMOL will realise they’ve got one wrong here.

“I’ve had four big, big penalty decisions go against my club. One at Burnley, one here, questionable ones at Middlesbrough too. I don’t like using excuses, but when you put everything in, you want the big decisions to go right. We don’t want to win through deceit, we want the right outcome, but we haven’t had that.”

While the penalty decision would have given Dons a glorious opportunity to level things up at 2-2, Robinson admitted his side didn’t deserve any more than a point.

Brighton, now on a 17-game unbeaten run, took full advantage of a slow start from the visitors to go 2-0 up inside 20 minutes. Only when Maynard scored from out of nowhere on 23 minutes did Dons begin to pick up their performance.

And though they huffed and puffed, they began to fade in the closing stages making it comfortable in the end for the home side.

Robinson said: “We didn’t deserve to win, but we didn’t deserve to lose either. We’ve come here and put a show on, but we deserved more than the result suggests. Tactically, we have to get it right, because other teams have the players to do it.

“We didn’t do enough in the second half. We huffed and puffed, but I don’t think we looked good at the end of the game.

“After 20 minutes, it was head in the hands and it would have been very difficult to get anything out of the game. They simply came out better than us. It was an onslaught for us but we coped wonderfully well.”