KARL: TIME TO STEP UP, LINO!

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Beard­more

LINES­MEN must be made more accountable, MK boss Karl Robin­son in­sisted, af­ter see­ing his side de­nied a penalty in this en­ter­tain­ing draw.

Robin­son went to the lengths of bring­ing in a lap­top to the press con­fer­ence, to show Dar­ren Pot­ter be­ing felled by Andy Tay­lor when Dons were 1-0 down.

The foul was not given and, although Will Grigg’s equaliser earned MK a point, Robin­son still pointed the fin­ger – but not at ref­eree Seb Stock­bridge.

Robin­son said: “It’s not a mis­take by the ref­eree – his as­sis­tant got it wrong.

“You all write as jour­nal­ists about the ref­eree but they come as a team of four.

“And I think we have to take more of a wider view of their col­lec­tive per­for­mance, rather than a sin­gle-minded view to­wards one man.

“It’s an easy cop-out for me to moan, but I’m only do­ing this be­cause I’m not in­tel­li­gent enough to ar­tic­u­late how bad that de­ci­sion was. A pic­ture paints a thou­sand words.”

The penalty de­ci­sion apart, Robin­son was pleased with the re­sult af­ter five losses in seven, but MK still lost ground to in-form Pre­ston in the race for sec­ond spot.

He added: “To go 1-0 down in the way we did and for us to re­spond like we did was very, very good.

“I’ve seen el­e­ments of us here get­ting back to what we are good at.

“We ac­cept the crit­i­cism be­cause we have done so well and we have lacked con­fi­dence re­cently, but this was a tick in the box to­wards the right di­rec­tion.”

Dons keeper David Martin gifted Wal­sall an eighth-minute lead.

He came for an Andy Tay­lor cross he had no chance of reach­ing and left Bradshaw the sim­ple job of nod­ding into an empty net.

Af­ter the Pot­ter penalty shout, MK lev­elled on 33 min­utes as Grigg – who came up through the youth ranks at Wal­sall – touched home Dean Bowditch’s invit­ing cross from close range.

Wal­sall dom­i­nated the sec­ond half, but Adam Cham­bers’ bul­let header was cleared off the line by Kyle McFadzean and Martin tipped over a late 20-yard Sam Man­tom strike.

The Sad­dlers nearly threw it away at the death when James O’Con­nor’s back-header drifted past goal­keeper Richard O’Don­nell, but the stop­per got back to paw it off the line.

Wal­sall boss Dean Smith felt de­feat would have been a trav­esty, in­sist­ing: “With MK Dons sat where they are, it looks a good point, but we thought we were un­for­tu­nate that we didn’t get all three.

“We started the game re­ally well, took the lead and, for 10-15 min­utes, I thought we were the bet­ter team. “Then they scored. “They will see it as a good goal for them and we will see it as a sloppy goal for us. I thought when they scored, they got stronger but we got in at half-time and had a chat and I thought sec­ond half we were good value.”

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