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Manner of win delights manager

12 August 2015

Karl Robinson was pleased with the way in which his side secured their place in the second round of the Capital One Cup.

Trailing to a Dean Lewington own goal heading into the final minute of regulation time, the Dons struck twice late on to see off Leyton Orient and make it past the first round of the League Cup for the sixth year in succession.

“I’m obviously pleased to get through to the next round,” Robinson told MK Dons PlayerHD afterwards. “The players were excellent with their ‘never say die’ attitude – they carried on doing the right things and obviously we got the result.

“When you make 10 changes, like we did, you know there is going to be unpredictability with those players’ performances but I thought they came in and did well.

“Sergio (Aguza), Matty (Upson) and Cristian (Benavente) have all not played a game since the beginning of April, which shows how far behind they are. Dale has been out for three weeks with an illness too.

“I thought Leyton Orient were excellent, too, in the way they controlled the game, made things difficult and denied us space to play.

“But Carl Baker showed his quality once again and that’s why he’s here, because he scores goals. I was pleased with the way he conducted himself in the latter part of the game and how he took his chance."

He continued: “There were a number of elements of the game that I was happy with and one or two I'm not overly pleased with. The most important thing, though, in cup competitions is winning.”

Tuesday’s tie was the Dons’ first competitive fixture at stadiummk this season and Robinson says it was great to be back playing in front of the home supporters once again.

“It’s always nice to get back in front of the home fans, who I thought were very loud towards the end of the game."

Having picked up two wins from their opening two games, attention for Robinson’s men now turns to Saturday’s Championship clash with Preston North End – a game the Dons boss insists his players will be right up for.

“We won the first two games at the beginning of last year and then went to Peterborough United) and got beat on the Saturday,” he noted. “We know that’s just around any corner in football so we need to make sure we dust ourselves off and go again.

“It’s a big one against Preston on the weekend and we need to turn our thoughts solely to that game.”

Tickets for Saturday's clash with Preston are available to buy now - they are priced from £25 for adults, £17 for over-65s and under-21s*, £7 for under-18s while under-12s can go FREE with a Young Dons membership**!

To purchase tickets click here, visit the Box Office at stadiummk/kiosk at thecentre:mk or call 0333 200 5343.

*Under-21s must be a Club Dons member to take advantage of the reduced price
**Under-12s go FREE when an accompanied by an adult and with a Young Dons Membership (maximum of two free U12s per adult)

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