See how the papers reported our 1-0 defeat to the MK Dons
MK Dons Citizen
Karl Robinson felt David Martin rescued the victory for Dons after a ‘diabolical’ second half display in his side’s 1-0 win over Crewe.
Patrick Bamford’s first half strike was enough to separate the sides at the full-time whistle, but Dons could have been even further clear by half-time had their finishing not let them down.
Though Robinson’s assessment of the second half may be a bit harsh on his young side, he felt their first half performance was enough to earn them the three points.
“I thought we were sensational in the first half,” he said. “But we could have been two or three more up and Crewe wouldn’t have had any arguments.
“I think our performance in the first half showed we were always going to win it.
“In the second half for a half-hour period we were awful - diabolical in fact. We were sloppy and lethargic, bot like us at all and we let them back into it. David Martin won us the game.
AFTER watching his side lose 1-0 at MK Dons, Crewe manager Steve Davis said: “We were desperately unlucky not to get a point.
“We tried to take the game to them and had one of those shots towards the end gone in we’d have deserved it.
“I felt we should have had a penalty when their keeper took Ryan (Colclough) out and the referee certainly helped them out in the last 20 minutes. He was poor.
“Max (Clayton) was dragged back in the box in the first half too. If the referee had been on top of it we could have had the decision.
“Another five or 10 minutes and I think we’d have nicked a goal.
STEVE Davis felt Crewe were robbed of at least a point as the wait for their first win of the season continued.
Dons striker Patrick Bamford netted the only goal in the 20th minute, applying the finish after Jason Banton had out-stripped Crewe defender Kelvin Mellor.
Bamford could have opened the scoring for the hosts even earlier after sending an effort on to the crossbar, while Ryan Colclough almost equalised late on when he forced Dons keeper David Martin into a fine reflex save with a close-range volley.
The Alex drew with Rotherham on the opening day and lost to Bury in the League Cup in midweek, but boss Davis insisted it shouldn't have been defeat again at the Dons.
"I thought we deserved something out of the game for our second-half performance. They were the better team in the first half – I accept that," said Davis.
"But the majority of shots they had were speculative efforts from distance – the only time they actually got in behind was for the goal.
"Kelvin has been done, he was a little bit too tight and the lad has gone on the outside, but maybe we should have had a little bit more cover across.
"I got them in at half-time and had a little pop about a few things. I told them to get in among them more and to play further up the pitch.
"We were desperately unlucky not to get at least a point. We just pushed people on; we had nothing to lose."