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MK Dons manager Robinson apologises to the club's fans after AFC Wimbledon defeat

Karl Robinson was disappointed with his team's display. Credit: PA

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has apologised to the club's fans after his side crashed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy to rivals AFC Wimbledon.

An 80th minute winner from former Northampton Town striker Adebayo Akinfenwa ensured that AFC Wimbledon recorded a 3-2 win - their first victory over MK Dons since the two clubs formed following Wimbledon's F.C's extinction.

Benik Afobe was on the scoresheet again. Credit: PA

Goals from Daniel Powell and Benik Afobe provided rare bright sparks in a poor display at stadium:mk, and Robinson feels that his team should have done better.

“I thought our fans conducted themselves with real quality at the end of the game.

All I can say is sorry because we’ve lost a game that we class as a derby or a rival game, but it had to happen at some time and it had to happen now.

Maybe this game didn’t mean enough to some of our players and maybe we need to educate them more on that.

I was expecting a bit more from a number of the players but maybe I didn’t give them enough information on how much this game does mean."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager

Elsewhere, Northampton Town did progress to the next round with an impressive 2-1 win over Portsmouth but Luton Town and Colchester United were beaten by Crawley Town and Gillingham respectively.


MK Dons braced for Alli bids despite midfielder signing new contract

Dele Alli is staying at MK Dons..for now. Credit: PA

Highly-rated MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new and improved contract with the club.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League, and has reportedly attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are thought to be among his admirers, but Alli has committed his immediate future to the Dons.

The youngster's new deal will run until 2017, but manager Karl Robinson admits that it's unlikely Alli will remain at stadium:mk for that long.

"Dele is an exceptionally gifted player and it was only right that we rewarded him for a fantastic 12 months with this new deal.

Dele will continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever. "

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager


'Biggest game in Dons history': Expected sell out for Manchester United clash

The game is expected to be a sell out. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Next Tuesday's MK Dons' cup clash against Manchester United is expected to sell out, with some fans queuing through the night waiting for the box office to open.

Fans lined up around the block at Stadium MK, hoping to bag one of the 29,000 tickets on sale to what's already being described as the biggest game in the Dons' history.

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