Karl Robinson referred to his side’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Carlisle United as a ‘good day at the office’ after MK Dons climbed up into eighth position in League One.
A terrific half-volley from Luke Chadwick in the first half and a first in a Dons shirt from Ryan Lowe in the second secured the points as the Dons made it three wins out of three at home this season.
The result never looked in doubt and boss Robinson was unsurprisingly pleased with his team’s win.
Speaking after the game, he said: “I will go home tonight relax and think “that was a good day at the office” and I think the players should as well.
“We knew we needed to start brightly and make it difficult for them and we did that.
“I felt our play deserved more than what we’ve got but today was comfortable and very pleasing for me.”
Despite the relative ease to which the Dons earned the victory, Carlisle did have a few chances that startled Robinson’s side, most notably through the two front men; Jervis and Cadamarteri. And the Dons manager complimented Greg Abbot’s side for their spirited performance.
“They showed us last year by beating us in the fixture here how good they are. Jervis and Cadamarteri up front caused us problems and we all know JP McGovern very well and the quality he possesses so we knew we had to be at our best to compete with them today.
“I thought for 20 minutes Carlisle were excellent and almost had us up against the wall at the start of the second half. They’re a good side that are always amongst the top six at the end of the season.”
The Dons were arguably slow to start in the second half and could have lost their grip on the game if it wasn’t for the fifteen minute long MK Army chant that seemed to spur the players on to grab the second, something that did not pass Robinson by.
“I thought the crowd were tremendous, the best I’ve heard them. When we had our backs against the wall they got behind the players and they responded.
“Thank you very much, it does mean a lot to us and it gave us the belief to go on and get the second.”
That second goal was scored by Ryan Lowe, opening his account in the white of MK Dons, slotting home after Daniel Powell’s initial shot was saved and his boss was pleased to see him score his first.
“It was nice to see Lowey score today and now I’m just edging Charlie to get that goal.
“The two of them have real togetherness and I think they realise they need that to push each other on and push their standards higher.”
The result was also nicely capped off by the introduction of debutant Jimmy Bullard who received a terrific reception from the home crowd throughout the time he was on the pitch. Although not fully match fit, Bullard looked assured and the quality he possesses was there for all to see and the Dons’ longest serving manager was keen to praise his latest recruit.
“He’s a great asset to us and a great footballer and we’ve seen that today.
“He got a great reception from the fans; it was almost like a cult following when he came on the pitch.”
Bullard had a great chance late on to cap his debut with a goal but instead of shooting chose to try and set up Charlie MacDonald, something which surprised Robinson.
“We were playing a game yesterday and it was 5-4 and he had scored 4 so when he got himself into that position we were all thinking ‘here we go’ because he scored two or three like that in that game.
“He understands Charlie’s looking for a goal and I think Charlie really appreciated that. Jimmy’s created a north and south divide within the team at the moment so he told me after the game he wanted to give his southern mate a goal.”