Norwich City starlet Josh Murphy escapes ‘career-ending’ injury insists MK Dons chief Karl Robinson
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Norwich City's on-loan midfielder Josh Murphy could have had his career ended, according to furious MK Dons' chief Karl Robinson, in a feisty Championship midweek goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday.
Murphy was hacked down by Owls' defender Daniel Pudil, who was booked in a no-holds-barred encounter that also saw Ross Wallace sent off for the hosts and another MK Dons loanee, Jonny Williams, allegedly assaulted by one of the home fans.
'He needs to be banned from football. That's the worst tackle I've seen. He was out of control,' said Robinson. 'The tackle on Josh Murphy should have been a red card. That was career-threatening, and he knew what he was doing. I get pull backs and little clips, but I cannot condone that.
'I was told I was a Scouse this, fat that, everything, (by the crowd) but when one of my players gets pushed in his neck when he's sat there, I'll never take that. And I stepped into the crowd. I don't care who you are. You don't touch my players.
'If you want to have a go at me, then do that, but don't touch my players. I will fight for anyone who works for me. It's my job to protect my players. I won't criticise anyone at Sheffield Wednesday, but when you're in the dugout, you're asking for your players to be protected.
'What happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch. I'll never stand for that. Whether it's a fan, a player or whoever, I'll protect them. From then on, it was abuse for us.'
Murphy, who has scored seven goals in 42 appearances this season, was able to continue during a second-half cameo against the play-off chasing Owls that underlined what is at stake.
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MK Dons will be relegated back to League One this weekend if they fail to beat Brentford at home, but Robinson insists they will go down fighting.
'All we asked for is they put a bit of pride back into that shirt and to stand up the way they did shows what the boys are all about. The last two games on the road we have certainly done that,' he told his club's official site.
'It is a big ask but it is about giving something back to our fans and it is do or die now. I can't physically do any more and my players can't either.'