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Karl Robinson steps up striker search

1 February 2014

Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson wants to bring a new striker in after his side lost 1-0 to Tranmere despite dominating the majority of the game..

The first half in particular was one-way traffic, but the Dons failed to take advantage of their superiority and eventually paid for it as Ryan Lowe's 90th-minute goal snatched the points for Tranmere.

victory for Rovers lifts them five points clear of relegation zone, but this was a third game without a goal for the home side.

Robinson said: "I'm still in shock with the result.

"The result wasn't down to the performance - we just need to score goals.

"We've gone three games without a goal and we need to go find a striker, it's as simple as that.

"We need one to try and get us up the table and we need to find one and get us one in quick.

"We've tried everyone we've got up there and I thought Daniel Powell was effective and had a right good go, but he's not a natural finisher.

"And over this period (former Dons loanee) Patrick Bamford has scored four so it just shows you what we're missing.

"For large parts, other than a 15-minute spell in the second half, we dominated the game.

"We've played Tranmere twice now and to not come away with a win is bitterly disappointing because arguably we deserved the three points here."

In a first half the Dons controlled, Ben Reeves was denied twice by Tranmere keeper Owain Fon Williams, while Powell lifted a great chance over.

They were hit with a sucker-punch at the death as Jake Cassidy got in behind down the left and cut the ball back for Lowe to tap into an empty net.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore said: "We don't get too much here and staying in the game was the big thing.

"We weren't brilliant first half where they were the better side I thought.

"We had a talk at half-time where we told them to be more adventurous and show a bit more belief that we can win the game, which I always thought we could.

"When they're playing a man in the hole we couldn't be as deep as we were in the first half because we caused our own problems so we needed to push up.

"Once we did that it condensed the areas, there was no where for them to go and they had to hit long balls and those long balls suited us.

"In the end we had Steve Jennings, who is our deep-lying midfielder, on the edge of their box to make the goal - it shows how much better we played second half."


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