Karl Robinson was happy with his MK Don’s performance despite losing 2-0 to West Ham in a pre-season friendly.

The Dons held their Premier League opponents at bay for 70 minutes as both sides went close – Peter Leven had the best chance of the first half as he tested England keeper Robert Green with a 30-yard piledriver.

The Hammers’ class showed through in the end as Julien Faubert finished from close range after an assist from Carlton Cole before Cole himself finished off a powerful run with a cool finish.

Robinson was relatively pleased with his side’s performance against their more illustrious opponents, though.

“The result does matter because I want a winning mentality. I am disappointed to have lost the game but overall I am happy with a very good performance,” he said.

“I am not going to come out and say ‘oh we dominated them, we were fantastic, I can’t wait for the season’ but quietly we are happy.”

The former Blackburn coach has been experimenting pre-season and trying to make sure his players are as versatile as possible, with finances stretched at Stadium: MK.

One player featuring in an unfamiliar position was Stephen Gleeson, who filled in at right back but was at fault for the Irons’ first goal as Faubert cut across him.

Robinson believes he will grow into the position, though, saying: “To me, Stephen looks a very accomplished right back.

“We are still getting him used to playing there. He finds it hard to get his distances, but he is going to improve that.

“When you have to run your club on a budget it is good that players can fill in a number of positions because it allows you to free cash for other areas.

“The pleasing thing is that we have some really good footballers that can adapt really well, which I thought they did.”

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