We deserved the win – Robbo

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Dons’ 1-0 victory against Walsall on Saturday delighted Karl Robinson in a week he described as the toughest since he became the club’s manager.

Shaun Williams’ free-kick gave Dons a much needed win after losing 3-2 to Tranmere last week, and it’s not only the football Robinson has had on his mind, with the boss dedicating time young Henry Allen who lost his life to cancer.

“We might be under the radar – we’re not really a top 10 team with the way we are at the moment so to be where we are is marvellous,” he said.

“This has probably been the hardest week I’ve had as manager of this club. There has never been a doubt with me, but when you’re struggling with injuries and can’t pick the team it’s frustrating.

“And we’ve also had an emotional time with Henry Allen as I went up to the crematorium yesterday and then gave a speech here. I really got attached to the appeal.

“The players deserve that result, the fans deserve it, the club deserve it and the city of Milton Keynes deserves it.”

The victory gave Dons their first clean sheet since the 2-0 Johnstone Paint Trophy win over Northampton back on September 3.

And Robinson was delighted with the way his back four and Darren Potter performed as they fought off a late Walsall onslaught.

He added: “It was difficult beating a team in so much form and confidence. It was never going to be a classic today, with our confidence knocked and people questioning one or two things, but I think the way the players responded was magnificent.

“I think the back four were tremendous today, especially Shaun Williams and Darren Potter. It’s becoming a bit frustrating with all these injuries, Reeves’ calf stiffened up, Dave went again and Chadwick got a tackle on his foot.

“I thought we were the much better team in the first half and something we looked a bit nervous, but other than their one chance which Dave made a great save from, I thought we had some really good moves.

“I didn’t think it was a free-kick for our goal, if I was Walsall I would have been very, very disappointed with that being awarded.

“That wasn’t comfortable for any of us – I said to my staff ‘why do we do this?’. But I’m more than pleased with three points.

“And we’ve still got five players to add back into that team. I don’t want a bit of credit to go to anybody other than the players and the fans.”