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Milton Keynes Dons boss Karl Robinson frustrated by stalemate

24 August 2014

Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson felt his in-form team did enough to beat Coventry at stadium:mk after being held to a frustrating stalemate.

The home side peppered Coventry goalkeeper Ryan Allsop's goal throughout, as Ben Reeves twice went close in the first half while Dean Bowditch and Daniel Powell also threatened.

Coventry offered little at the other end, Jordan Clarke volleying wide from a corner in the second half.

And despite being heartened by his side's efforts, Robinson admitted a failure to take maximum points was difficult to stomach

"I thought we were excellent, I really did," he said. "I loved the energy against a good footballing side.

"We should have won that convincingly. We probed, we bounced the ball around and we created width - we were just very dominant.

"We're all sat here scratching our heads, and that's not being disrespectful to Coventry, I just thought we were very, very good. They've come here and got a point so well done to them."

Premier League giants Manchester United are MK Dons next opposition in Tuesday's Capital One Cup second round tie, but Robinson preferred to look ahead to next week's visit of Crawley Town following a promising start to the League One season for his promotion-chasing side.

"I'm pleased, not frustrated, and I said to the Chairman after the game that we've got a really good team," Robinson added.

"We use this as a springboard now, along with two clean sheets on the spin, and use this heading into the Crawley game next Saturday."

Coventry manager Steven Pressley, meanwhile, felt his team were well worth their point against one of the division's biggest hitters.

And, ahead of their imminent and long-awaited return home to the Ricoh Arena from Northampton's Sixfields Stadium, the Scot is happy with their form.

"I think it was a fair result and I think what everyone witnessed is two very, very good sides," said Pressley.

"This game was the biggest test we will face. I'm a big admirer of how MK play and I think they've recruited extremely well - they've got a very good side.

"I thought we showed brilliant mentality and the commitment to the team is incredible, I'm really proud of their performance.

"I think it was on a little bit of a knife edge towards the end of the game but I think both sets of players can be proud of their performance. In the end, though, it's a really good point for us.

"When we return to the Ricoh Arena against Gillingham we want to be going there with momentum, and slowly but surely we're gaining that."

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