Robin­son rocket is the ticket for Samir

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Matt Wright

SAMIR Car­ruthers’ su­perb equaliser in­spired MK Dons to a sec­ond-half come­back against Old­ham and it ap­pears to be down to a half-time rollicking he re­ceived from man­ager Karl Robin­son.

The Dons were anaemic in the first half and were for­tu­nate to not trail by more than Adam Lock­wood’s opener at the break.

But Car­ruthers lifted his side’s spir­its when it mat­tered most with the points even­tu­ally be­ing snatched by Ben Reeves in the sec­ond minute of stop­page time to re­new their play-off hopes.

Robin­son said:“I had a bit of a go at Samir at half-time – I just felt he was poor by his stan­dards - and I said to him if he wants to be a good player then he needs to score goals and shoved one right up me there!

“It’s great to win games like that - there’s noth­ing like it for the fans or the pro­fes­sion­als as well.

“In­stead of wor­ry­ing about get­ting in the play­offs, our mind­set at the mo­ment is to worry about the next game against Pre­ston and then the game af­ter that.”

It took 35 min­utes be­fore a chance of any note ma­te­ri­alised as a through ball sent Jon Stead clear, but af­ter round­ing David Martin his shot was cleared off the line by Lee Hod­son.

How­ever, Old­ham took the lead two min­utes later when Gary Harkins' chipped cross from the left was flicked into the far cor­ner by the head of Adam Lock­wood.

But Car­ruthers gave his side a lift they des­per­ately needed with a bril­liant in­di­vid­ual goal when he rode two chal­lenges and side-stepped a third be­fore fin­ish­ing into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Reeves then struck a post with a low drive from the cor­ner of the box be­fore Old­ham were re­duced to ten-men when Genseric Kusunga was shown a sec­ond yel­low card for foul­ing Stephen Glee­son. And just when it looked as if the Dons would have to set­tle for a point, Reeves pounced when Mark Ox­ley could only push Car­ruthers’ cross into his path.

Old­ham boss Lee John­son was an­noyed by Kusunga’s red card, say­ing: “In hind­sight I could have taken him off but he’s let the team down.

“Fair play to him, he stood up and apol­o­gised to the lads but through some real dopi­ness, re­ally, he’s al­lowed to get him­self sent off.

“Prob­a­bly, people could see it com­ing and even we could but you ex­pect some­one who has played in the Cham­pi­ons League to be sen­si­ble enough not to make a rash chal­lenge like he did.

“The re­sult is a real gut-wrencher be­cause the boys were fan­tas­tic.”

STAR MAN SAMIR CARRU

THERS MKDons

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