Robinson rant gets the Dons fired up
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.”