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Robbo: Scoreline reflected dominance

22 September 2014

Karl Robinson felt the 6-1 scoreline over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday was a true reflection of his side’s dominance in the victory.

Robinson’s men bounced back from a first home defeat of the season in emphatic style, thrashing the Railwaymen at stadiummk to move into second place in Sky Bet League 1 and within five points of leaders Bristol City, with a game in hand.

“That was one of the finer 90 minutes of football I’ve watched here,” the Dons boss told MK Dons Player after the game. “The scoreline doesn’t always reflect the dominance in the game but it certainly did on this occasion. It was a really good performance and I’m really proud of the players.

“When we all get it right we’re very, very good. We used the word ‘entertaining’ at the beginning of the season and I think we’re certainly that at the moment. We’re playing well and taking our chances when they come along.

“The club is in a good place the moment. We’re working really hard and keeping our feet firmly on the ground. We’ve made a decent start and we want to keep that momentum going, now.”

Saturday’s win came largely thanks to a sublime Dele Alli hat-trick, which capped off a memorable few days for the midfielder, who was handed an improved and extended contract and also named The Football League’s Young Player of the Month last week.

“We spoke a lot about Dele in the week and everyone asked me whether or not he’ll be able to maintain this form and not let it go to his head,” Robinson added. “He doesn’t care about the accolades that are coming his way, he just wants to play football. His enthusiasm is sensational and to have six goals this season at the age of 18 is remarkable. He’s on another planet.

“He’s a terrific individual and I’m so proud of him and the way he’s conducted himself recently. If you’re going to be a top player you have to conduct yourself in the right way and he certainly does that.”

Other goals on the day came from strikers Will Grigg and Benik Afobe, who took their totals to five and seven respectively, as well as midfielder Ben Reeves, who rounded off the sensational victory with his second strike in three games.

“The two boys up-front got their routine goals and they now have 12 goals between them in eight games. Dele’s also now got six goals in eight games and Reevesy got another too.

“I just want Hitch (Tom Hitchcock) to get that goal because he’s trying really hard. I want to make sure that he gets that.”

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