Date: 8th August 2011 at 8:27am
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A controversial moment deep in injury-time, even after MK Dons had secured an equaliser against Hartlepool was the main talking point on Saturday.

Karl Robinson, as he told a press conference after the game, was stunned at the non-award of a penalty!

Not that he complained too viciously against Andy D’Urso, maybe as much down to his FA charge last week: ‘I viewed it the same as the Hartlepool staff, players, our players and all of the fans in the stadium. At least he was consistent.’

Either way Robinson thought that The Dons deserved all 3pts.

Some of it, the failure to secure the win, was down to the inexperience in the young and learning side but a lesson will be learned from this he feels: ‘we out passed them, we out played them, out numbered them on crosses, their keeper made five excellent saves.

‘That’s football we’ve just got to roll up our sleeves and accept that, the disappointing thing for me was we weren’t clinical enough midway through the second half.

‘Once we got back on level terms we sat back and thought the goal was going to come at some stage, but it’s not like that once you’ve got a team against the wall you have to make sure you keep them there and become more ruthless in your passing, tackling, shooting and defending.

‘That was the only downside for me we had them on the ropes but we didn’t finish them off. We’re here to learn, we’re a young team who, in my mind, completely outplayed Hartlepool.’

The visitors came for a point, and this showed, but Robinson’s attacking nature meant he was going to go for it – he wants his side to learn from mistakes though and be more clinical in front of goal: ‘I thought our possession count, passing and crossing completely favoured us today, but you have to respect the way Hartlepool defended I know fans get frustrated that we can’t always go forward but when you have 11 men behind the ball it’s difficult.

‘It was a good, solid performance but when we did make mistakes Hartlepool capitalised, we’ll look at the errors we made and rectify them and be more clinical in the finally third.’

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