Robin­son rages at ‘di­abol­i­cal’ sec­ond 45

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Jon Boyle

MK DONS boss Karl Robin­son was far from happy de­spite their win over Crewe – de­scrib­ing their sec­ond-half dis­play as ‘di­abol­i­cal’.

On-loan Chelsea striker Pa­trick Bam­ford’s preda­tory early fin­ish proved de­ci­sive as the Dons held off a late on­slaught to se­cure their first league win of the sea­son.

And Robin­son said:“In the first half we were sen­sa­tional, it was a won­der­ful per­for­mance and we could have been two or three in front.

“But in the sec­ond half we had a 30-minute spell where I thought we were poor – di­abol­i­cal to an ex­tent.

“We were lethar­gic, which is not like us, and that al­lowed them into the game.

“But it has been a good week. Two wins and a draw in­clud­ing a lo­cal derby win and a vic­tory in our first home game of the sea­son – I don’t think as a man­ager I can ask for too much more than that.”

The Dons dom­i­nated the first half and Bam­ford put them ahead in the 20th minute when he tapped in Ja­son Ban­ton’s low cross af­ter the on-loan Crys­tal Palace winger had skinned Kelvin Mel­lor down the left.

Bam­ford had ear­lier dinked an ef­fort onto the top of the cross­bar, while Shaun Wil­liams saw his fierce long-range strike well-saved by Crewe keeper Alan Martin and then curled a free-kick inches past the post.

Dar­ren Pot­ter looked set to dou­ble the Dons’ lead from close range shortly af­ter the break but he was thwarted by an ex­cel­lent last-ditch block by Mel­lor af­ter Martin had par­ried Wil­liams’ free-kick.

Crewe seized con­trol in the clos­ing stages and Ge­orge Ray wasted a golden op­por­tu­nity when he planted a free header wide from AJ LeitchSmith’s free-kick, while Matt Too­tle was twice nar­rowly off-tar­get.

Dons keeper David Martin then pro­duced an ex­cel­lent re­flex save at the death to tip over Ryan Col­clough’s close-range vol­ley as the hosts hung on.

And Crewe man­ager Steve Davis said:“I thought we de­served some­thing out of the game for our sec­ond­half per­for­mance, but they were the bet­ter team in the first half, I ac­cept that.

“The ma­jor­ity of shots they had were spec­u­la­tive ef­forts from dis­tance, the only time they ac­tu­ally got in be­hind was for the goal. I got them in at half­time and had a lit­tle pop at them about a few things – I told them to get in among them a lit­tle bit more and play fur­ther up the pitch.

“We had noth­ing to lose so we pushed peo­ple for­ward and went for it like we did away last sea­son.”

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