Sheffield United: Rivals boss in a bad mood ahead of Blades clash

Karl Robinson chats with Nigel Clough during last month's match at Bramall Lane � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
Karl Robinson chats with Nigel Clough during last month's match at Bramall Lane � copyright : Blades Sports Photography
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Karl Robinson, the MK Dons manager, has spoken of his unhappiness at losing leading goalscorer Benik Afobe before tomorrow’s key League One encounter with Sheffield United, writes James Shield.

The former Arsenal youngster sent shockwaves rippling through stadium:mk earlier this week when, despite being scheduled to spend the rest of the season in Buckinghamshire, he completed a permanent transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers instead.

Robinson, revealing he was powerless to prevent Arsene Wenger from selling the 21-year-old, said: “We did everything right. Our contract was water-tight but we had to step aside.

“I’m sick of it. It happened with Sam Baldock and Patrick Bamford and now Benik Afobe. I’m not happy.

“We can’t afford these people. We couldn’t afford Benik or Patrick and we couldn’t afford to keep Sam.

“This is who we are. We over-achieve. We need to go and have another go, but I’m not sure if we can or not.”

Robinson, whose third-placed side are nine points above United in the table, triumphed 1-0 at Bramall Lane last month.

He added: “It was a kick to the stomach, and we’re getting kicked left, right and centre. Emotionally, this is the hardest I’m feeling it because this is my best time.

“We want to improve the group. I can go and get players in, but it’s the same as what I’ve got.

“I want better players for our fans to be able to enjoy. We’ll have to see if we can.”

Twitter: @JamesShield1

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