Robbo wants more goals

Patrick Bamford battles against the Peterborough defence
Patrick Bamford battles against the Peterborough defence

Despite having 20 shots on Saturday, Karl Robinson is concerned at the number of goals his side have scored this season.

Although the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Peterborough saw Dons pitched against a nine-man defence for most of the game, Robinson felt his side should have taken all three points against their rivals, particularly with the amount of chances they carved out.

Patrick Bamford has netted six of Dons’ 15 goals this season, but the next highest scorers are defender Shaun Williams and Izale McLeod with two apiece.

And when asked whether he was happy with the number of goals this season, Robinson said: “No, but when you’ve got 40 (with Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell out injured) missing what do people expect?

“We’ve got 40 goals, in terms of players getting double figures in goals and assists, missing from the team. You can’t replace them at this level.

“When we were crying out for a striker to score goals last season, we went out and got it but then we lost our wide men.

“It has been difficult to find the balance. We’ve scored more than some, but we need to take more chances and punish teams.”

Despite losing their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday, Robinson feels his side have made a good start to the campaign, but believe more goals would have launched them up the table.

And he has ear-marked the next four games, starting with Saturday’s home match against Stevenage, as the point in which Dons have to kick in to a higher gear and make their mark on the season.