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Robinson backs McLeod

27 February 2013

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson leapt to the defence of misfiring Izale McLeod after his side's 1-1 draw at bottom club Portsmouth.

McLeod wasted a host of chances against his former side before being substituted for the final half an hour, with the striker yet to score since returning to Stadium MK from Pompey.

However, Robinson said: "Izale is going through one of those patches that all strikers have. It does not matter what he tries, the ball is just not ending up in the back of the net.

"I know once he scores one goal he will start hitting the net on a more regular basis. He is a great lad and we know from when he was here before what a good finisher he is so I am confident it won't be long until things turn around."

The Dons travelled to the south coast looking to pick up only their second win of the year against a home side without a victory in 22 games dating back to October. Veteran David Connolly gave Pompey the perfect start by heading in Jed Wallace's 22nd-minute free-kick to claim his first goal for the club.

But that lead lasted just five minutes before defender Shaun Williams struck a brilliant equaliser. Luke Chadwick also came close for the visitors with a shot that shaved the crosssbar early on.

Robinson added: "That is three games in a row where we could have ended up winning but didn't. We were the better team for most of the game but the most important thing is to have commitment from the players. They are not shirking responsibility and nor are our fans."

Portsmouth caretaker boss Guy Whittingham, whose side look destined for relegation to League Two, hailed goal hero Connolly.

Whittingham said: "David is a very intelligent player and is a good asset for us. I am glad he got his goal because he worked very hard. He works really hard in training day in, day out.

"A draw was probably a fair result because we were the dominant team in the first half and they were the better team in the second. Our players worked very hard and there were some very encouraging performances out there."

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