MK Dons manager Karl Robinson criticised his players’ performance as the side were beaten 2-0 by fellow relegation fighters Bristol City.

The Robins’ French striker Jonathan Kodija scored in first half stoppage time and on the hour mark to give the visitors three points.

Speaking to the media after game, Robinson admitted the team’s performance was unrecognisable from their usual standards, and they did not play well in a game that lacked quality.

He said, “We were unrecognisable in many areas. Today, we looked an absolute shambles in many areas, and I have to take responsibility for that.

“I thought Bristol were poor in the first half as well – the first half was as bad a one I’ve seen all season. Only two shots on target in the whole game – both scored – and that’s how bad the game was. I thought it was a poor game, and that shows how bad we were.”

Robinson also said the team were flat, and their in-game decision making made it easy for Bristol City’s defenders.

He said, “We picked a team to try and dominate possession of the ball, and to get people between the lines. But we played so many long balls today onto Flint’s head, and he’s probably the best heading centre-half in the league. Do you think that was part of the game plan?

“It wasn’t. Today, the players looked flat and lethargic. There were 25 minutes to go but nobody was forcing an error or mistake and there was nothing much in it. We’re gutted, the mentality has to improve and we have to get better.”

The MK Dons boss also added that goalkeeper David Martin suffered a hamstring injury in the second half and would not feature on Tuesday against Huddersfield Town.

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