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Milton Keynes Dons boss Karl Robinson reveals half-time rant

22 March 2014

Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson admitted he could have made any number of changes at half-time before the visitors produced an amazing fightback in the final 10 minutes to win 3-2 at Stevenage.

Their captain Dean Lewington capped it off with the winner four minutes into stoppage time to revive the Dons play-off hopes and move them to within three points of sixth-placed Peterborough.

Robinson, whose assistant Gary Waddock was appointed Oxford manager in the morning said: "They keep pulling things out the bag and I can't ask any more of them.

"I'm running short of players and staff and we still keep winning!

"In the first half we struggled to get out and our work ethic wasn't great.

"I know I've made two changes and I don't want anyone to make Izale McLeod to be a made a scapegoat because I could have changed any of them.

"I told the ones who stayed on that they were lucky to stay on and the subs who came on made a massive difference and the effort of the players second half was magnificent.

"On the back of that I want to thank Gary Waddock as well who has been an unbelievable person for me to lean on and a really good assistant.

"I like seeing people progress and I wish him all the luck in the world."

Stevenage were in control at half-time as Dean Parret's well-taken opener was added to by Lucas Akins penalty after Antony Kay had felled Curtis Obeng.

The Dons' comeback began with 10 minutes left when Jordan Spence forced the ball in from close range before Ben Reeves fantastic 30-yard strike levelled the match.

Lewington snatched the points at the death as he rose highest at the back post to head Reeves' corner into the top corner.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley said: "It was the old clich?d game of two halves.

"We knew the wind would be important in the game so it was important to take the initiative and get the conditions with us in the first half.

"We then managed to get the momentum of the game going forward - it was two and it could have been a lot more.

"We all know the danger of the 2-0 scoreline where you've got something that you really feel you need to protect

"On the other hand you know you've got to keep pushing the game forward but the ball kept coming back at us.

"We weren't really positive enough with our game because we didn't keep going forward and they got a bit of momentum.

"The way we look at it we've had 13 good halves of football and a horrible second half here but there's no point dwelling on that."

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