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Robinson claims both sides were lucky
MK DONS manager Karl Robinson felt Lady Luck played for both sides on Saturday, as his side were denied a late winner by a linesman after being handed a man advantage when referee Stuart Attwell sent off Swindon Town winger Nathan Byrne.
Robinson admitted that he thought Byrne’s red card, issued for a clumsy tackle on Shaun Williams, was harsh but he felt the game was evened out when George Baldock netted from an onside position only for the goal to be cancelled out.
The game ended 1-1, with Patrick Bamford equalising for the Dons after Alex Pritchard’s opener, and Robinson said of Byrne’s dismissal post-match: “(It is) probably not, so we were a little bit lucky, but they got their luck back. I do believe George Baldock was onside by a yard. It’s a fact, it’s a goal.
“That’s the big turning point.
“The first half was very even and a wonder-strike from Pritchard got them in front. I thought we created the best two chances in the first half with Patrick and Jason.
“In the second half we were by far the more dominant of the two teams after the sending-off.”
Robinson was impressed by Swindon’s players and he spoke jealously about the team assembled by Mark Cooper, Lee Power and Jed McCrory over the summer.
“Other than Stephen Gleeson we haven’t spent a penny on our team and they’ve spent half a million on Nathan Byrne and Massimo Luongo - that’s the challenge you come up against as a manager,” he said.
“I thought it was a good game, I didn’t think there was much in the game and they’ve got a good side. They’ve got Premier League players - Luongo, Ryan Mason, Pritchard, Hall at the back, Ranger - they’re Premier League players.
“We lacked that sharpness towards the end. I’m disappointed with the point, I thought we deserved a little bit more.”
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