Derby 0-1 MK Dons: Karl Robinson's Dons dent Rams promotion hopes
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 13/02/16 7:23pm
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson hailed his team's 1-0 victory at the iPro Stadium as one of the best days in the club's history as Derby's promotion hopes suffered another blow.
Jake Forster-Caskey's late free-kick gave MK Dons their first away victory since the opening day of the season and stretched Derby's winless run to eight games at the end of a turbulent week in which head coach Paul Clement was sacked and replaced by academy director Darren Wassall.
Wassall said he was "delighted" with his players but they made little impact on a well-drilled defence for much of the game and only forced David Martin into meaningful action in the closing minutes of the first half when he denied Jeff Hendrick and Chris Martin.
Derby continued to struggle to unsettle the visitors in the second half but the Dons also looked unlikely to score until Forster-Caskey struck in the 82nd minute.
Jacob Butterfield tripped Dean Bowditch on the right corner of the Derby area and when Forster-Caskey whipped the ball over the wall, Scott Carson could only palm the ball into the roof of the net.
Andreas Weimann had a chance to equalise in the 90th minute but glanced a header just wide to leave Robinson jubilant after a victory that lifts his team five points clear of the bottom three.
"That's one of the best results in the club's history, away from home," he said. "To come to Derby and get a win, the bookmakers didn't expect that.
"We were the underdogs today, I don't think anyone would have come here and said we would win. Did we dominate the game? No. Did we play good football? No.
"Did we play with heart? Did we look organised? Did we look together? Did we at the right times have the quality in the right areas? Yes. There are so many things about our performance today that were A1.
"We had to relinquish our pride a little bit from what my teams are known to do but we were the paupers in this fixture today and are not as good to an extent on paper as Derby County.
"That's not how I want to play so I had to drop my pride a little bit but the desire of my players was sensational and they deserve all the credit."
Derby created little and were booed off at the end but Wassall said: "We are disappointed with the result but we are certainly not disappointed with the performance or the attitude and application of the players.
"The players in the dressing room are certainly not disappointed with their performance. I'm absolutely delighted with all of them and have been since Tuesday.
"It's not the way any of us wanted to start today but we take the positives. We dominated possession and just needed a bit of luck in front of goal.
"Unfortunately when you are a bit lacking in confidence these things happen and I didn't think we got the rub of the green but the players are very positive and we are all looking forward to Monday."