Doncaster Rovers equaliser 'should not have stood' according to MK Dons boss

MK Dons manager Russell Martin believes Cameron John’s equaliser for Doncaster Rovers against his side should not have counted.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Sunday, 8th December 2019, 10:36 pm
MK Dons manager Russell Martin

Rovers had already seen two goals ruled out for offside before John struck four minutes from time to cancel out Alex Gilbey’s superb opener for Milton Keynes.

And Martin believes the hosts should have seen a third goal chalked off due to a foul before the ball was turned home by defender John.

"It's a foul and I'll be going to see the referee to show him," Martin said after the game.

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“It’s a blatant foul and the disappointing thing is that Lee has brought it to his attention during the game at a previous corner and to ask the ref to watch it.

"The lad has literally rugby tackled Lee into the goal and they end up scoring, no one has seen it.

“We could side it from the side which is really disappointing.

“I’m not here to criticise referees and I’ve said to the lads there are still small details that lead up to it – we shouldn’t have given them a corner, which is on us.

“We have to be able to see such a clear and obvious decision.

“I’m not blaming it for the reason we’ve drawn but it’s cost us and it’s a mistake.”

Reece James’ corner had threatened to go straight in at the near post until it was cleared off the line, with the block then ricocheting in off John from close range.

It left Martin with a sense of disappointment having believed his side had done enough to win the game.

But he was pleased with the performance of the Dons at the Keepmoat.

“We were in control of the game and Doncaster had to change the way they play and do things,” Martin said.

“They’ve had to adapt for us, not the other way around. We didn’t have to come and adapt to what they were doing.

“That is the biggest compliment they can give.”