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Robinson lays down the gauntlet

17 March 2013

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson insists his side can still snatch a play-off place after they thrashed fellow promotion hopefuls Tranmere 3-0.

Headers from Dean Lewington and Darren Potter, plus Stephen Gleeson's cool finish condemned Rovers to their third straight defeat on the road and left the Dons nine points adrift of the play-off places.

And Robinson said: "We all believe - we need six wins out of nine now.

"It's disappointing because it should be five out of nine as we all know Tuesday night against Shrewsbury we should have got more than we got out of the game.

"Arguably Ronnie Moore has been one of the managers of the year this year, this Tranmere side has been top for a lot of the season so that is a 3-0 win against a very good side."

Tranmere boss Moore said: "You know when you play MK Dons they're going to have the bulk of possession so when you concede a goal after eight minutes it's always going to be tough.

"The sad thing for us is that it was through people sleeping and it's like in the heart for us when you end up chasing the game here.

"Two set plays have killed us. We've switched off defensively on both their free-kicks and it's cost us dearly.

"The way we've been playing it's warranted that we're out the top six - it's up to us to put that right.

"I don't feel any pressure, we've over-achieved on what was expected. But I'm not resting on my laurels, I've enjoyed this season, but I want to finish it well - not on the crest of a slump."

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