Robin­son rant gets the Dons fired up

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Richard Latham

KARL ROBIN­SON’S rous­ing half-time team talk worked won­ders as MK Dons snatched a de­served point in stop­page time.

Out­played and trail­ing to a sixth minute goal from Jonathan Kod­jia, prospects looked bleak for the visi­tors at the break.

But they came out to dom­i­nate the sec­ond half and had Bristol City on the rack be­fore sub­sti­tute Daniel Pow­ell curled in an ex­quis­ite right-footed shot from 20 yards deep into five min­utes of in­jury time.

Man­ager Robin­son re­vealed af­ter­wards that he had been forced to have a real go at his team in the dress­ing room dur­ing the in­ter­val

He said: I had a strong word with my play­ers about what it means to wear the shirt and the pride we all have in our club.

“I didn’t see that in the first half, but in the sec­ond we showed it in abun­dance. It was a won­der goal from Pow­ell, but the whole team de­served it in the end for the ap­pli­ca­tion and com­mit­ment shown.

“We may have nicked a point in the 90th minute, but I feel re­ally pos­i­tive.

“It’s a mas­sive point for us. I came here to win the game, but I ac­cept that they dom­i­nated one half and so did we so it’s a fair re­sult.”

City be­gan brightly and went ahead on six min­utes when Bobby Reid burst through the cen­tre of the Dons de­fence and un­selfishly fed Kod­jia, who was left with a sim­ple tap-in for his sixth goal of the sea­son.

It should have been 2-0 on 41 min­utes when a weav­ing run and pass from Kod­jia set up Luke Free­man, who blazed over from 12 yards.

But all that changed in the sec­ond half. Ben Reeves sig­nalled the turn­around on 56 min­utes when his sting­ing left-foot drive from an an­gle was tipped wide for a cor­ner by Frank Field­ing.

The Dons went even closer on 63 min­utes when Dean Lew­ing­ton’s curl­ing cross from the left was touched on by Si­mon Church the ball bounced against the far post be­fore be­ing cleared.

Now it was the visi­tors well on top and Field­ing had to go full length to tip away a 25-yard drive from sub­sti­tute Rob Hall.

And City boss Steve Cot­ter­ill had no com­plaints about the out­come.“It’s a tough re­sult to take be­cause of the tim­ing of their goal, but MK Dons fully de­served it on their sec­ond half dis­play," he said.

“I thought we had seen it out for a win we des­per­ately needed, but in the end that didn’t hap­pen.

“We didn’t keep pos­ses­sion in the sec­ond half. There were prob­a­bly some nerves be­cause of the des­per­a­tion to give our fans the re­sult they wanted.”

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