Karl Robinson paid tribute to his loanees after he witnessed his side run out 5-1 winners over Colchester United on Saturday afternoon.
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Chelsea striker Bamford was involved in three of the five goals, including the second where he was fouled by Tom Eastman to set-up Shaun Williams’ 37th penalty.
And Robinson was unsurprisingly delighted with the performance of his striker and the rest of his team against a strong Colchester United team.
Speaking after the game, he said: “I think that’s one of our best performances of the season because Colchester aren’t a bad side. Eastmond in midfield is a very talented footballer and we knew what Clinton Morrison would give to the game
“But over the course of the last three or four weeks, we’ve added some real electric pace with Ibra, Zeli, Angelo and Patrick. They’re three young players who have plenty of pace and you’ve seen that today – it was frightening at times when they got the ball.
“Patrick’s a real talent - he’s got a Fernando Torres style about him. He had a phenomenal turn of pace for the penalty and he’s set up three goals up today, had two or three shots and he was always a threat.
“I’ve spoken before about how much effort we put in to finding players; travelling up and down the country to watch teams. I think you’ve seen today that the recruitment department; Alex Rae, Bobby Winkelman, myself and Mick Harford have found some talented young players.”
Bamford was replaced in the 69th minute by Ryan Lowe who went on to net his third of the campaign in some style – curling home from well over 20-yards out.
And Robinson also took time to praise his fellow Liverpudlian, who has had a difficult start to life in an MK Dons shirt.
“Ryan Lowe’s a good footballer. Every forward will go through baron spells where they’ll have a lack of confidence and things won’t go their way, but he is a talented footballer and a goalscorer. He’s scored three goals this year and so is slowly starting to chip in and I’m sure he’ll score many more goals between now and the end of the season.
“With Patrick, Charlie (MacDonald), Lowey and Smithy (Alan Smith) we’ve got four very good forwards at the Football Club.”
Another name on the scoresheet this afternoon was Jon Otsemobor, who headed home his first for the Club to make it 3-0 mid-way through the second-half, prompting a special mention from his manager.
“Me and Semy spoke yesterday and I told him to get into the box from corners and not to stay back. He’s made a huge difference to this Football Club as we’ve not had our own proper right-back in a long time.
“He’s has found it very difficult in the past with injuries and everything else but he’s come here and listened and put extra effort in. He’s also bought machines in order to look after himself at home as well as here. When you do the right things off the pitch you tend to find things start going your way.”
Finally, Robinson added: “We were quite a distance behind Tranmere going into November and now we’re only three points behind them. It’s been a tremendous turnaround this month especially after people doubted and questioned us.
“There’s going to be a lot of low points still to come but there are also going to be a lot more highs. So we’ve got to enjoy today and then go from strength to strength.”