Penalty and red against the Dons

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James Owens

KARL Robin­son slammed ref­eree David Webb’s ‘atro­cious’ dis­play af­ter the of­fi­cial de­nied MK Dons a penalty be­fore re­duc­ing them to ten men in this de­feat.

Robin­son’s men trailed 2-0 at half-time de­spite dom­i­nat­ing the early ex­changes at sta­dium:mk, with Chris Wood con­vert­ing a penalty for the visi­tors af­ter half an hour, and Char­lie Tay­lor dou­bling their lead two min­utes be­fore the break.

Robin­son felt the hosts should have had a penalty them­selves for a hand­ball in the dy­ing mo­ments of the half, and was in no mood to mince his words af­ter ref­eree Webb com­pounded Dons’ woe by dis­miss­ing Samir Car­ruthers for a dan­ger­ous tackle with 12 min­utes to go

“His per­for­mance was atro­cious,” Robin­son said. “Some­one has to say some­thing. He should have to tell you why he hasn’t given that penalty in the first half, and why he’s sent Samir Car­ruthers off.

“We ask for con­sis­tency, and in­tegrity, which they give us all the time, but the per­for­mance was way be­low par from the ref­eree.”

Leeds had reg­is­tered just a sin­gle shot on tar­get be­fore Wood gave them the lead from the spot fol­low­ing Carl Baker’s foul on Tay­lor in the box.

Josh Mur­phy and Rob Hall re­peat­edly went close for Dons with long-range ef­forts, the lat­ter draw­ing a fine save from Marco Sil­vestri, who forced the ball onto the post just mo­ments be­fore Tay­lor re­lieved the pres­sure for the visi­tors by lash­ing the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner from the left­hand edge of the box.

Dons im­proved af­ter the break, and could have scored twice five min­utes af­ter the hour, with Diego Poyet draw­ing a fin­ger­tip save from Sil­vestri from 25 yards be­fore Mur­phy rat­tled the near post. They fi­nally got back into the game with 16 min­utes re­main­ing when Mur­phy cen­tred for sub­sti­tute Si­mon Church to sweep the ball home from point-blank range.

Robin­son’s hopes of see­ing his side sal­vage a point seemed to take a blow as Car­ruthers saw red for an ugly chal­lenge on Stu­art Dal­las four min­utes later, but they con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate, with Ben Reeves draw­ing another good save from Sil­vestri with a free-kick seven min­utes from time.

An­thony Kay con­nected with a cor­ner in the sixth minute of stop- page time only to see his header cleared off the line as Dons stop­per Martin joined the at­tack, be­fore Poyet was forced to clear at the other end as Leeds coun­tered.

The de­feat sees Dons’ los­ing run stretch to four matches, but Robin­son was pleased with his side’s dis­play.

“I thought our play­ers were ex­cel­lent. We have a way of play­ing. It’s not right or wrong in any way, shape or form, but it’s right for what I be­lieve in in my team.

“And we’ve moved the ball so ef­fi­ciently through the thirds, we’ve over­loaded in cer­tain ar­eas, and I think we’ve ex­ploited a re­ally good Leeds side.”

Leeds boss Rosler ad­mit­ted that his side pan­icked in the lat­ter stages, but felt they de­served to travel back up the M1 with all three points.

“There were so many twists and turns in the game,” he said .“Be­ing 2-0 up at half-time was a great po­si­tion to be in. I felt the way we man­aged the first 15-20 min­utes of the sec­ond half was very im­pres­sive. We went for another goal and we could have easily scored in that pe­riod.

“Then the panic but­ton came into play, even with a man more.

“I think in this league, you need to find a way to win. And even when you’re not play­ing over 90 min­utes pret­tily, and that’s what we did.”

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