We deserved to win it says Robbo after Carlisle draw

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KARL Robinson felt his side deserved all three points after a late equaliser snatched a draw for Carlisle.

Adam Chicksen opened the scoring for Dons in a first half dominated by the away side.

But Mark Beck’s late bundle over the line five minutes from time rescued a point for Carlisle, and sees Dons slide down to 14th in League 1.

“I thought we were sensational in the first 45 minutes,” said Robinson afterwards. “Even though they had a lot of the ball in the second half, I thought we rode the storm very well. We hit the bar, Lowe had a chance and Mathias Doumbe had a header but it just didn’t go in. We didn’t play our football the way we wanted to in the second half and it played into their hands.

“At the end, someone jumps all over Chris Lines and one of their players was more aware and puts it in.

“They’ll see it as an even game, but we should have been out of sight. That’s the frustrating thing at the moment.

“It’s hard to pick a bad player in that performance. We’re all disappointed to only get a point. Things aren’t going our way, and it’s not dropping for us. We can’t get too despondent.

“When we’re playing well, we’re not putting teams to the sword. I don’t think it was a performance that only deserved a point.”

Two of Robinson’s three substitutions were enforced, with David Martin and Gary MacKenzie both having to leave the Brunton Park pitch injured.

Robinson said: “It’s the story of the season. David Martin will be a big miss to us, and to lose Gary MacKenzie at the end was a big loss to us too. We have to keep looking forward and keep positive.

“I have to patch the team together, but I can only work with the players I have available.

“We’re still a long way from putting our best team on the pitch. We didn’t have a fit winger to play – Powell wasn’t really fit enough but we threw him on to make a difference in the last 20 minutes. It’s difficult when you can’t make subs that can make a difference.

“I felt we deserved more out of the game, we’re just not getting the rub of the green.”