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Milton Keynes Dons display delights boss Karl Robinson

8 February 2014

Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson urged people not to concentrate on the fact that Walsall were down to 10 men after his team ended a run of three successive defeats with a comfortable 3-0 win at the Banks's Stadium.

Saddlers' skipper Andy Butler was shown a straight red card in the 43rd minute for bringing down the brilliant Izale McLeod and conceding a penalty - from which Ben Reeves notched the visitors' second goal and the game was as good as over.

McLeod scored either side of the spot-kick and had a handful of chance to net a hat-trick.

Robinson insisted: "I don't want the sending off to be the headlines. My players performed really well and we should have been two or three up by then against one of the better teams in the league.

"What Dean Smith (the Walsall manager) has done here is unbelievable, so for us to come here and win 3-0 was special."

Robinson also praised the performance of McLeod who scored two great goals in addition to being tripped by Butler for the penalty.

He said: "He has had some wonderful moments, and he knows what it takes to score goals, so I hope he keeps training hard and getting goals. It's important he takes his training into games. I had no other choice than to bring him in and he has done well.

"But we still need more players. We can't have just one striker."

Walsall striker Michael Ngoo, making his debut as a substitute after arriving on loan from Liverpool, was brought down for a penalty in the 89th minute. He t ook the kick himself but Dons goalkeeper David Martin saved it, denying the home side a bit of consolation.

A disappointed Smith said: "We didn't play well in the first half and deserved to lose. I told the lads I don't want any excuses about the weather.

"It was horrible out there but I don't want to make excuses because we were second best and ended up losing the game"

Asked about the red card for his skipper, Smith replied: "I don't think it was a sending off because their player was taking the ball away from goal. I thought the referee (James Linington from Newport) was poor all the game. We shall have a look to see if its worth an appeal

"I won't be giving the players the benefit of the doubt because they gave themselves a great opportunity and put themselves in a great position. The most important thing is what we do next."

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