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Manager pleased with manner of win

13 August 2014

Karl Robinson was pleased with the manner in which his side won their first round Capital One Cup tie with AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday evening.

The Dons ran out 3-1 winners at stadiummk courtesy of goals from Kyle McFadzean and Daniel Powell as well as a first in Dons colours for on-loan striker Benik Afobe. Matt Tubbs scored the visitor’s only goal from the penalty spot with the final kick of the game.

“The way our players conducted themselves in the second half and the way they did the right things by the Club was to be commended,” Robinson told MK Dons Player. “I told them to play the second half for the badge and for the Club, but also to keep their feet firmly on the ground and conduct themselves in the correct manner and, to a man, they did that.

“We’re really pleased with the result against a very good AFC side that certainly came here with the intention of being on the front foot. They gave us a real fight, especially in the first half where they had probably the best two chances.

“We could have found ourselves behind in the first half so there are still things the players need to improve on. We looked a little disjointed in certain areas but it’s still the start of the season and we’re only going to get better.

“All in all, I thought we scored three very accomplished goals in what was a very accomplished performance. Hopefully, everyone from an MK Dons perspective will go home very happy.”

Tuesday’s result saw the Dons secure back-to-back victories in their opening two games of a season for the first time since 2010/11 but boss Robinson insists his side are refusing to get carried away.

He added: “I don’t want people to get carried away with another victory. It’s been a good first two games but we need to right over the next 10 and then we can judge how well our start has been.

“We’ve only played well for two games so it’s important we keep grounded and keep doing the right things. We need to keep that positivity surrounding the place internally and the connection between the fans and the players.

“It’s been a good two games but that’s all it is – I’ve never seen trophies given out for that. We’ll use this win as a positive heading into Saturday, but we’ll still be keeping our feet firmly on the ground."

Robinson continued: “It’s important that we go into that game on Saturday in the same frame of mind.

“We’ll look to reflect on what’s been a very good evening over the next 24 hours and hopefully we can take it to another level on Saturday because we’ll need to play better if we are to beat Peterborough."

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