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Karl piles praise on players

3 November 2014

Karl Robinson was full of admiration for his side after their come-from-behind victory over Swindon Town at stadiummk.

The Dons fell behind after just six minutes on Saturday afternoon but fought back to defeat the Robins and leapfrog their opponents into third place in the Sky Bet League 1 table.

“I’m really pleased,” Robinson told MK Dons Player after the game. “It was a very good performance and one that we can be proud of. Sometimes you have to raise your game, and we were very, very good.

“The players deserve a ton of credit. They came in for some criticism on Tuesday and a lot of hard work and focus was put on this game. People put pressure on us but we didn’t change, we were very calm in our approach and that’s probably the best I’ve seen them play, against arguably one of the best teams in the league.

“We looked dynamic and a threat going forward, Benik (Afobe) and Will (Grigg) were brilliant between them. That was Benik’s best game in a Dons shirt and although Will didn’t play many minutes, when he came on he looked a constant threat.

“The two centre-halves did well too. Tom Flanagan has played wonderfully well the last two games but we brought him out and put Antony Kay back in, and he’s scored a goal and defended well. I think Tom has made both Kaysey and Kyle McFadzean better players.

“David Martin, too, kept us in the game with a save at one-nil. He was brilliant and he kept the team in it before the rest went and won it. I also thought Darren Potter was magnificent.

“You have to give Swindon credit because they really did give us a good game. With the players they’ve got, they are going to be a team to watch but our players were magnificent and it was just a very, very good performance.”

The victory on Saturday came courtesy of a stunning strike from Dele Alli and first goal of the season for defender Kay, and Robinson reserved a special mention for his two scorers.

“Someone once said to me, ‘good players have the ability, on a bad day, to do something that’s spectacular’.

“Some games, Dele has been magnificent for 90 minutes and dominated the game, but he didn’t in this game. He was very disciplined in his performance, sitting in front of the back four, but when it was his time to step up to the plate he puts one in the top corner.

“Kaysey was great for large parts and for him to come up with a goal from something we’ve worked on in training is great, and you could see what it meant to him with the celebration.”

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