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HE who dares wins? Not in the case of Karl Robinson.The MK Dons boss paid a heavy price for send­ing his men toe-to-toe with Chelsea.

Beaten 5-1, it should have been ten.

Which per­fectly il­lus­trates the fine bal­ance be­tween em­bar­rass­ment and hero­ism.

Two days ear­lier, Paul Cle­ment had taken plenty of stick for fail­ing to throw the kitchen sink at a Manch­ester United side shorn of con­fi­dence and un­der pres­sure.

Sim­i­lar crit­i­cisms were lev­elled at Paul Tis­dale, whose pen­sion­able Ex­eter side went out with a whim­per to Liver­pool.

Watch­ing the Gre­cians pass them­selves into sub­mis­sion, I couldn’t un­der­stand why they hadn’t fielded younger legs, thumped it long and tried to out­mus­cle a cal­low bunch of kids.

Why Derby hadn’t ranged their mis­siles at Chris Martin and flooded troops for­ward.

Watch­ing the Dons shaken around like a doll in a ter­rier’s mouth, it was eas­ier to com­pre- hend. Nev­er­the­less, my sym­pa­thy re­mains with Robinson.

Call it naive. Call it ide­al­is­tic. But, if I was one of those play­ers troop­ing off at full-time, I’d rather know I’d been out­classed than won­der what could have been.

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