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Robinson hails Dons despite play-off defeat

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson believed his side deserved to beat Huddersfield over their two-legged, League One play-off semi final.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, the Dons valiantly fought back to win the second leg 2-1 but they couldn’t force extra time, as the Terriers held firm to secure a play-off final meeting with Sheffield United.

“I think we deserved to win the two legs” Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio at full time.

“We switched off twice at home and once today, but overall we played much the better Football, what a proud night to be an MK Dons fan.”

The Dons had strong claims for a first half penalty turned down by referee Scott Mathieson with the scores level on the night at 1-1.

Significant decision

A similarly significant decision went against Robinson’s side during Saturday’s first leg, when a Huddersfield player was allowed back onto the field of play whilst the Terriers were on the attack.

The Dons manager continued: “We conceded a goal on Saturday by the official allowing a player back onto the pitch that led to their goal and we have seen it again here today a blatant penalty that we haven’t been given.”

Robinson feels the decision not to award his side a penalty was pivotal in the overall outcome of the tie.

He added: “If that goes in that’s 2-1, only one goal in it with 45 minutes to go, but I am so proud of my players.”

The MK Dons boss refused to be drawn on his future at the League One club but has reassured fans that the Dons will win promotion at some stage in the near future.

He concluded: “I would like to say thanks to our fans for the season, I’m sorry to have let you down, but this club will get there one day.”

By Daniel Ludlam

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