Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham should have been sent off after just eight minutes, according to Karl Robinson, despite seeing his Dons side win 2-0.
The stopper handled the ball outside the area as Patrick Bamford looked like getting on the end of Luke Chadwick’s through ball, but Foderingham pulled the ball back into the box before the striker could get a toe to it, earning him a booking, much to the surprise of everyone in the stadium.
Referee Mark Haywood bore the brunt of many Robinson outbursts on the touchline, though his decision to let Foderingham play on astonished the manager.
“That’s a blatant sending off,” Robinson said. “If he doesn’t come out, Bamford gets the ball. If the centre half put his hands out there and stopped him, it would be a sending off. I can’t see how he’s stayed on the pitch. Everyone was shocked by it, both sides and both sets of fans.
“There was a decision which went against us and the guy was five yards offside. I had to go down the tunnel because I was so angry. Sometimes I get carried away, so I walked off a few times to clear my head and calm down a bit.”
Robinson also debated whether Gary Roberts’ disallowed goal should have stood, admitting he didn’t spot a foul in the build-up as Ian McLoughlin spilled a catch.
He said: “He had his hands on Ian, but who doesn’t when they challenge for the ball? I want to make sure I’m on the touchline for the next few games so I’ve got to hold my tongue. “
Ryan Lowe had three goals ruled out on Saturday for offside, but needed just one sniff of a chance against the Robins, lashing home a minute from time to double the lead and wrap up the win. His celebration saw him rush into the arms of his manager, with a cheer of relief and belief from the stadium:mk crowd.
“It was similar to the AFC celebration - there was belief in the crowd again,” said Robinson. “I hope it’s not too late.
“I had to make a decision about playing him tonight, but I felt it paid off. He came on fresh and took his chance.
“But I thought we deserved that, we were the better side. Swindon are one of the best teams to come here this season, because they passed the ball so well, but I don’t think they created a chance of note. It was a good evening for us.”
“We should be winning more matches, and we had better chances at the weekend. We should only be two points behind, but we are four.”