Robin­son won’t be blam­ing keeper

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Mark Gould To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

MK DONS boss Karl Robin­son re­fused to blame keeper Dave Martin af­ter his howler gifted Brad­ford City vic­tory at Val­ley Pa­rade.

Robin­son watched his side dom­i­nate pos­ses­sion for two thirds of the game, cre­at­ing nu­mer­ous chances with Stephen Darby block­ing Izale McLeod’s first-half ef­fort on the line in what was ar­guably the best of them.

But then Martin com­pletely missed Stephen Gles­son’s bounc­ing back pass, al­low­ing James Han­son to run in and tuck the ball into an empty net with 20 min­utes re­main­ing.

“I thought tac­ti­cally we got it right, I thought we were the bet­ter team,” in­sisted Robin­son.

“I thought we played much the bet­ter foot­ball.

“I have got tremen­dous re­spect for Phil Parkin­son and his Brad­ford side, they work tremen­dously hard and make things dif­fi­cult for you.

“For the first 25 min­utes in the sec­ond half, we got in some tremen­dous po­si­tions but we failed to score.

“I can’t have a go at the play­ers, I thought we de­served far more than what we got.

“That’s the sec­ond game in a row that we have beaten the keeper and had an ef­fort cleared off the line.We are get­ting chances, but just not tak­ing them at the mo­ment.

“He [Dave Martin] should feel re­spon­si­ble for the mis­take he made, but he has been su­perb for us this sea­son.

“We need to score goals, more goals. My teams are based on scor­ing more goals than the op­po­si­tion and right now we aren't do­ing that.”

Martin saved an early one-on-one ef­fort from City’s Aaron McLean, while at the other end Jon McLaugh­lin palmed away Ben Reeves’ swerv­ing shot.

Han­son struck the bar on 42 min­utes, but it was the Dons who were on top with McLaugh­lin sav­ing an­other Reeves ef­fort with his feet on 67 min­utes.

“You have to win all types of games and MK Dons are tech­ni­cally a very good side, they play 4-3-3 and you know that they will have plenty of the ball,” said Ban­tams boss Phil Parkin­son. “We were very dis­ci­plined and have the abil­ity to grind out a goal and a vic­tory. I thought that was a de­served re­ward for Han­son, he ran him­self into the ground for the team.

“The way he looks af­ter him­self away from the club is a trib­ute to his su­perb at­ti­tude. The part­ner­ship with McLean is look­ing bet­ter all the time.

“It’s been a great week for us. I thought the signs were good with us be­ing very pro­fes­sional through­out, our de­fence was very strong.”


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