We don’t want to be a mid-table side, says Robbo

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Karl Robinson has said his MK Dons side need to start turning their season around so they don’t end up becoming a mid-table side.

The Dons lost for the third League game in a row and have now just won once in nine games as former player Ryan Lowe’s late goal as Tranmere Rovers walked away victorious.

Defeat for the home side leaves them sitting tenth in the Sky Bet League 1 and they are ten points off the playoff places, albeit with a game in hand and Robinson believes this is something that needs to change.

He said: “We’ve got to turn it around ourselves, internally in the football club or we will be a team that’s competing in mid-table and we don’t want to be there.

“We don’t want to be a mid-table team; our stadium wasn’t built for that. I’m still in shock when I hear the result, but I think it was evident in that performance that we need to score goals.

“We’re all frustrated, I am as much as the fans, and I don’t think anybody walking out of the stadium can say we weren’t the better team today.”

And it’s the lack of goals that is really concerning Robinson, as the Dons have failed to score a goal in their last three games, while ex-loan star Patrick Bamford has scored four in that time.

With Chris Long out injured, Daniel Powell was given a chance up front, but when the chances came his way he didn’t take them, and substitute Izale McLeod didn’t do much better.

The Dons had the chance to strengthen their strike force in January and had money from Shaun Williams’ sale, but yesterday’s transfer deadline passed without a signing and Robinson says it’s vital they get somebody in when the loan window opens next week.

He added: “We need to find a striker, there’ll be one or two out there, we need to make sure we find them to try and bring them in quick. I thought Powell was effective, I think he had a right good goal, he’s just not a natural finisher obviously.

“We always tend to find strikers at this club, but at the moment they’re difficult to come across for whatever reason that may be.

“I’ve tried McLeod and (Dean) Bowditch up front, I’ve tried everything. We’re all frustrated, I am as much as the fans.

“With Patrick (Bamford) or Sam Baldock we win that game and we’ve got to find somebody of that level that we can afford that can come and make an impact – it’s as simple as that.”