MK Dons boss Karl Robinson hailed the collective spirit of his promotion-chasing side after a late rally sealed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Carlisle.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy winners cancelled out Daniel Powell's opener with goals from Liam Noble and James Berrett's penalty. But Angelo Balanta headed an 81st-minute equaliser and Adam Clayton converted from close range in time added on to give the Dons all three points.

"We were 2-1 down without playing great and I'll have to hold my hands up and say it wasn't one of our best performances of the season," beamed Robinson.

"But from somewhere the fans got this voice and after we got the equaliser, the place was electric for the last five minutes.

"This is a very special place and it's important we have that week after week because the only way we're going to get anywhere is by having an intimidating environment.

"I said this week I couldn't do this job without John Gorman and the backroom staff and I couldn't do it without the fans either."

Cumbrians boss Greg Abbott refused to criticise his players, saying: "It's one of those things that happen in football - we've won games like that before and now we've lost in this type of situation.

"To be fair to the boys, the effort and way they've competed after last week after people were saying we'd just see the season out was excellent.

"You ask the MK Dons if we've just come here to lie down and let our season run out. They've had to go right to the wire until the 93rd minute to score a goal to win the game.

"We'd have taken one point rather than none but we tried to make a change that would win us the game - we try to be positive all the time at the club and we've very close to winning."

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