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Bamford: Pleased with rare header

30 September 2013

Striker Patrick Bamford thanked his manager and the coaching staff after his brace in the 4-1 win over Stevenage this past weekend.

The Chelsea loanee headed the Dons in front early-on against the Boro to maintain his impressive record of scoring in every home game this season before he slotted home a second to take his tally for the season up to eight.

Although delighted with both his finishes, the 20-year-old was particularly pleased to see the extra heading work on the training pitch with Karl Robinson and Gary Waddock pay dividends after just 12 minutes on Saturday, when he climbed well to glance Shaun Williams' free-kick into the far corner.

Speaking to MK Dons Player after the game, Bamford said: “Last week I’d been working with the Gaffer and Gary on heading because they said if I can add heading to my game it’ll add another extra five goals to my tally over the course of the season. Obviously it helped but I still need a bit more practice as I could have had a hat-trick.

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Bamford’s two goals, along with strikes from Dele Alli and Williams, saw the Dons bounce back from their first League defeat of the season away at Peterborough United two weeks ago and the young forward was delighted to see the side return to winning ways.

“I think it was important to get back to winning ways and it was nice to do it at home. We were very unlucky away at Peterborough as we had so many shots in the second half and their keeper had a great game so it was nice to get the three points as it was what we needed.

“I thought we played really well as well, especially after the disappointment (of the Peterborough game). We really needed to put on a good performance and I thought we did that by getting the four goals.

“The main thing in a season is to win your home games and that’ll then give you a good foundation to move on from. If you can then add three points here or there away from home then you’ll have a fighting chance.

“(The fans) were the brilliant too, they were really loud. I’d have said the Peterborough game last week was the loudest crowd I’ve played in front of, thanks to both sets of supporters, but today the MK fans were brilliant.”

Another player who stole the headlines this weekend was 17-year-old Dele Alli, who netted his first career League goal soon after Bamford’s brace to mark an impressive showing by the young England international.

And his team-mate Bamford, who set up his 23rd minute goal, paid tribute to him after the match. He added: “I slightly over-hit the pass and he did really well to control it in the first place but the finish was ridiculous - it was a great goal.

"He’s a great player and he’s a really good friend of mine off the pitch as well. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

To the view the full interview with Patrick on MK Dons Player click here

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