Robinson gutted to be beaten by Sunderland “wonder strike”

MK Dons manager Karl RobinsonMk Dons boss Karl Robinson has lamented the stunning strike which cost his side a place in the fourth round of the league cup and a potential Premier League scalp.

Craig Gardner’s fantastic free-kick put ten-man Sunderland ahead and from there the Wearsiders closed out a 2-0 victory over the League One club, with James McClean adding the second.

Robinson told the Dons official website, “We’ve not won so I’m not too happy. We worked really hard on this game and ultimately weren’t good enough at the end of the day, whether they were a Premier League side or not.

“They’ve defended really well and relied on an absolute wonder strike. If that doesn’t go in, the games ends with a different result, and that’s the disappointing thing for us.

“I thought we did enough even when it was 11 vs. 11. I thought we were the better team and that’s not disrespect to them, I thought we retained it very well and I thought we made it difficult for the opposition but we didn’t take our chances.”