Robinson rages at ‘diabolical’ second 45
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.”