The boys got me out of trouble – Robbo

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KARL Robinson admitted that he made a mistake in his team selection after MK Dons drew 1-1 with Notts County on Tuesday night.

During pre-season, the manager said he wanted Stephen Gleeson, Darren Potter and Shaun Williams – who spent most of last season at centre back – to play in the middle of the park together. But in practice at stadium:mk, it just didn’t seem to work.

Neal Bishop opened the scoring after 27 minutes when he found time and space to fire in from long range – the first league goal Dons had conceded at home so far this season.

But after a shake-up just after half time, Dons fought back and looked a more potent threat. Substitute Jay O’Shea soon equalised, prompting Dons to go for the winner, while County looked content to escape with a point.

Robinson said: “We did enough to win it I felt, but we weren’t good enough in the first half and I’ll take responsibility for that.

“I don’t think they were better than us in the first half, I didn’t think there was anything in it. But when we don’t play well, people say ‘they were better than you!’

“We weren’t very good, but their goal was a deflected shot from 35-yards. It was a game of two very good teams battling it out, and it was a bit of a stalemate.

“Maybe I got it wrong in the first half, but we made changes and the boys got me out of trouble.”