Karl Robinson revealed he almost didn’t play hat-trick hero Dean Bowditch in today’s game against Bury.
Bowditch missed out in the midweek draw against Notts County due to a shoulder injury and almost found himself on the bench once more, but boss Robinson opted to gamble on starting the forward.
It proved to be the perfect choice as Bowditch netted his first hat-trick in eight years to help the Dons record their first away League win of the season.
“I had a decision to make - whether to play Daniel Powell or whether to play Dean Bowditch. We sat down and discussed it, and Bowds has obviously repaid us.” Robinson said after the game.
Despite conceding in the 81st minute the Dons were in control from start to finish and the last kick of the game saw Luke Chadwick tuck home the Dons’ fourth of the day to end the game on a high. It was the desire to keep going that pleased Robinson.
“I thought Luke Chadwick was magnificent as well. The fourth was great, Ryan Lowe, coming back to his old club, could have shot but he squared it to another player who saw someone else in a better position to score the goal and I thought that was typical of us. I thought all of the goals today were very good; I thought we defended well, apart from the goal obviously.
“The players were magnificent, especially in the first half. We moved the ball and passed the ball with so much confidence and flair, not arrogance and I think that is a defining line. We took our chances today and that is how we have played all season but we either haven’t scored or managed just the one goal.”
It wasn’t all smooth-running though for the Dons as they were forced into making two substitutes before half-time as Charlie MacDonald received a cut near the eye and Jon Otsemobor pulled up.
“The subs who came on did really well for us. It wasn’t an easy game in that regard – Charlie MacDonald had to come off early on after doing so well and then Jon Otsemobor as well. We lost Gary MacKenzie and Jimmy Bullard before the game too, but the rest of the players shone today.”