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Karl and Dele win FL awards

6 February 2015

Karl Robinson and Dele Alli have been named Sky Bet League 1 Manager and Player of the Month for January respectively.

 Boss Robinson led the Dons to 11 points during the opening month of 2015, a run which included an impressive home victory over Sheffield United and a stunning 5-0 triumph away at Crewe Alexandra.

Robinson’s side scored 11 goals and conceded just three in their five league fixtures, remaining unbeaten throughout.

Under the Liverpudlian’s guidance in January, the Dons also climbed to the summit of the League 1 table for the first time this season and his side remained the division’s highest scorers.

He told mkdons.com: "While the awards may have our names on them, they have been earned by the entire Football Club, right from the players to the backroom team to the kit man! Every single person in this building is working as hard as they possibly can to help us be successful this year."

George Burley, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: "Karl Robinson has had a great January. He has made MK Dons one of the most potent attacking teams in the Sky Bet Football League."

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman added: "One of the most promising young managers in England, Karl impressed as the Dons continued their ascent to the top of the League 1 table.

"He guided the side through five unbeaten games in 21 days, negotiating the challenges that brought."

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: "Victories over Crewe, Barnsley and Sheffield United in addition to two draws means the MK Dons are now in a great position to challenge Swindon and Bristol City for the League 1 title.

"Often praised for the attacking abilities of Dele Alli and the now-departed Benik Afobe, it was an excellent defensive run - conceding only three goals in five league outings - that saw them briefly top the table."

Alli, meanwhile, continued his superb season in January, featuring in all five of the Dons’ fixtures and scoring two goals, one of which was a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw away at Crawley Town.

The 18-year-old midfielder, who completed a move to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on Deadline Day but will remain with the Dons for the remainder of the year, is one of the country’s most exciting young talents and his excellent performances in the heart of the Dons midfield during January only enhanced that reputation.

His manager Robinson said: "It’s been quite a month for Dele and I'm extremely impressed with the way he is handling it all. He is mature beyond his years and that is translating onto the football field with some terrific performances.

"We’re all immensely proud of Dele for his achievements but I know he’s fully focused on maintaining his excellent form for the remainder of the season."

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman said: "You feel that at this stage of his career Dele Alli has everything in his hands. Supremely talented, and brimming with confidence, he has a great future.

"I'm sure he'll get his head down for the rest of the season and continue putting in performances for MK Dons before he joins up with his new Spurs team-mates."

Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery said: "The MK Dons’ top scorer continued his great scoring record with two January goals, including the last-minute equaliser against Crawley.

"The Dons have moved into second place in Sky Bet League 1 over this period and Dele’s form has been a major factor."

The judging panel for the Sky Bet Player of the Month comprises Sky Sports Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Head of Communications John Nagle; League Managers Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery.

The judging panel comprises former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery

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